Sunderland midfielder Max Power has been a key man for the Black Cats this season but it appears he is a divisive figure among fans of the North East club.
The central midfielder has made 38 appearances for Sunderland this term and regularly worn the captain’s armband, following George Honeyman’s exit in the summer.
Power has been ever-present in what has been a rollercoaster of a season for the Black Cats.
The North East club replaced Jack Ross with Phil Parkinson in October and following a very shaky start, were competing near the top of the League One table before a four-game winless run meant they headed into the EFL delay in seventh.
Sunderland have made their stance on finishing the season on the pitch very clear and you feel Power will have a key role to play in Parkinson’s men’s promotion push, should League One resume.
Power has been at the club since August 2018 and signed permanently in January 2019 but despite making 84 appearances for the Black Cats, does not seem to have convinced the whole of the Stadium of Light faithful yet.
Many Sunderland fans have taken to Twitter to debate the midfielder’s quality.
Read their reaction here:
Class attitude and a consistent performer with GD next to him.
— Ollie (@ollieclark_8) May 20, 2020
Yes. Great captain too.
— F I O N A 💁🏻♀️ (@fiona2608) May 19, 2020
Started well but is far too inconsistent. We need better in the engine room going forward
— Parker (@Parkersafc) May 19, 2020
Yip, miles better than any other CM at the club.
— Gaz. (@GarrySummerson1) May 19, 2020
Our best centre mid by a mile
— Matthew Rodenby (@MatthewRodenby) May 19, 2020
Yes, underatted and a scapegoat, he’s a leader, spreads the ball well and since he’s become captain has never been afraid of anything. Probably verging on player of the season in my opinion.
— Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) May 19, 2020
I do rate him. The ability is there. But his level of consistency is so frustrating. He’s either instrumental in that midfield or a passenger. No inbetween. And if we’re honest, a good 70% of games he’s played, he has fell into the passenger category.
— JamSarny (@Jam_Sarny) May 20, 2020
— Oluwaseun Bamgboye (@bamgboyeolu) May 19, 2020