Sunderland gifted MK Dons a first away win for 14 months after being defeated 2-1 at the Stadium of Light yesterday.
Scott Fraser’s penalty saw the Black Cats succumb to a loss for the third straight game in all competitions, and fans have been sending out the distress signals on social media.
There seems to be absolutely no-one exempt from criticism at the minute, and manager Phil Parkinson is getting the most of it for some of his tactical choices.
And some supporters believe that one man needs to be brought back into the fold after being made an outcast – and that is Aiden McGeady.
McGeady was a key figure for Sunderland when Jack Ross was in charge, and was one of the best players in League One in the 2018/19 season.
However not long after Parkinson arrived, the Irish winger was told he has no future at the club, and he was banished from the first-team squad, subsequently securing a loan move to Charlton Athletic in the division above in the January transfer window.
A recall to the first team doesn’t seem very likely at all, as Parkinson said a few weeks ago that he would rather see promising youngster Elliot Embleton progress into the first team instead – whilst also saying that McGeady currently has a knee issue anyway and is out of action.
It hasn’t stopped fans pining for his recall on Twitter though – check out some of the responses that called for his return.
Surely Aiden McGeady improves this side? It’s just one dire performance after another. Abysmal🔴⚪️#safc
— Michael Oates✍🏻📝📚🔴⚪️⚽️ (@afootyeducation) November 14, 2020
If (and I hope he isn’t) PP is in charge for anymore Sunderland games, he has to realise that he needs to drop half of his favourites. Get McGeady back in and play some of the young lads.
— J Corbett (@jcorbett12) November 15, 2020
McGeady is the best attacking midfielder in the league, for god sake PP. He can score goals and set up for our forwards. If you still want your job, play your best players!
— Joakim Nilsson (@jockenilsson22) November 14, 2020
McGeady has to be brought back in. Simple as that. The side have run out of ideas. Lack that spark at the top end of the pitch.
— Ewan (@ewanb1992) November 14, 2020
Hes our best best player by a long mile
— Dan J (@Dxnnnn1) November 14, 2020
Not playing Mcgeady when he’s on £35k a week and our best player by far is unacceptable!
— John Marshall (@JohnMar02279600) November 14, 2020
Imagine having someone with the quality of Aiden McGeady sitting at home, not having a look in when we are getting beat off Mansfield and MK Dons at home in consecutive weekends
— David Roper (@davidroper88) November 14, 2020
serious now like. if ya don’t want McGeady back in immediately after watching this then football ain’t your sport.
— iain (@iain_lane) November 14, 2020
no one in this team is good enough to take their man on, please for the love of god get rid of parky so mcgeady can play
— eIIiott (@elIiottsafc) November 14, 2020