Bryan Oviedo has had an eventful few games recently but does anyone really agree with the Costa Rican international's self-assessment that he's been getting better and better this season?
Fresh from scoring an own goal on Tuesday night, Sunderland left back Bryan Oviedo claims he's "improved lots" and believes this season in the Championship is one of his best simply because he's been playing.
It's some boast. As a key member of the leakiest defence in English football's second-tier, the 28-year-old certainly has no shortage of self confidence with his team staring down the barrel of relegation to League One in just a matter of weeks.
Speaking to La Nacion this week, a daily newspaper from his homeland, the Black Cats left back is on something of a PR drive ahead of the World Cup which kicks off in three months time. And perhaps Oviedo needs it considering the sharply contrasting stats which tell their own story of his season, but does anyone really agree with this self-assessment?
"This season has been the best for me because I have played at least 90% of the games, although it is a very competitive and difficult league, I have gone ahead and improved lots".
Oviedo in conversation with a genial Costa Rican chappie mid-week
Turning out on 27 occasions in the Championship, the former Everton man's headlines don't look too bad with a couple of goals and five assists to his name. Certainly in terms of time spent on the pitch, rather than in the treatment room, Oviedo's season can be considered a success compared to the injury-prone spells which have marred his five years in English football.
But in the 19 fixtures in which he's played 90 minutes this term, Sunderland have conceded almost two goals per game. And if he doesn't look a bad full back at times, on occasion, up against teams with decent right sided attacking flair, Oviedo has been downright tortured.
The defender has had an eventful few weeks if nothing else. Accused of refusing to take to the pitch when Brentford visited last month, Chris Coleman was forced to publicly deny the claims made about his left back. Then when Adama Traore was sent off for shoving him in the face when Middlesbrough came to visit a fortnight ago, Oviedo was accused of poking the winger in the eye before the Boro man's red card was then overturned on appeal.
Hitting a stonker to open the scoring against Millwall last weekend, Oviedo's up-and-down campaign continued on Tuesday as he turned the ball into his own net as Villa swept Sunderland aside midweek.
Consistently part of a back line which concedes goals for fun, Oviedo insists he's solely focused on this afternoon's game at QPR as the threat of relegation continues to weigh heavy on red-and-white minds:
"It's a personal challenge for me, I do not think about the negative things, many times the same environment becomes a bit difficult, but I try to stay out of that, we have a match on Saturday and in my mind it's just winning."
If Sunderland and Señor Oviedo don't come away from Loftus Road with at least something today, relegation looks virtually certain. Best ever season? Not much to boast about really.
Has Bryan Oviedo improved lots?