The Bryan Oviedo appreciation article - what a guy!

One man who has come out of the club's recent demise smelling of roses this season, more so than anyone else, is Bryan Oviedo. The 'full back' has been instrumental in both home wins, setting up three of the five goals that have been scored in front of the home crowd.

by GMac88 Monday, 20 August 2018 07:06 PM Comments

Oviedo himself had been somewhat of an enigma going into this season. Would stay? Would he want to play? Would he be good enough?

He was poor in the Premier League and was probably close to alright in the Championship (if any player reached that level for Sunderland). Stat site Squawka rated him Sunderland's second-best player overall - after Aiden McGeady - but was rated poor in possession. To put that in perspective only two players - Darron Gibson and Ethan Robson - rated positively for possession, and they only did so marginally.

In League One, however, the former Everton defender looks a cut above.

I'm not the only one with positive things to say about the Costa Rican international, Jack Ross was also full of praise after yesterday's comfortable win;

"I think he is enjoying himself as well. I have spoken to him a few times and the vibe I have got from him, from watching him train and being around the training pitch and having individual conversations with him, he is enjoying his football.

Bryan's performances have been excellent."

The cynic may suggest that Oviedo finds his ability somewhere between League One and the Championship, but I think that is a little unfair. What would be fair to say is that his application stands out more than it has done in previous seasons. Obviously, he has more quality probably than any other full back in the division - once upon a time he was a fairly consistent performer in the Premier League after all - and now, with that added application, he is showing that in bucketloads. 

Enjoying his football. That's the difference.

You could forgive Oviedo for believing he deserves more than League One football. He wouldn't be alone in thinking that, and he probably does think it to some extent (thinking of previous interviews he has given in the past). Perhaps the most impressive aspect from the defender isn't of his quality, application or performances on the pitch - but the manner with which he has conducted himself in the wake of Sunderland's second relegation.

Lamine Kone, Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong are not fit to lace the man's boots. Despite being central to much that has gone wrong, all have wiped their hands of the club completely and shown zero interest in helping to repair the damage they played a heavy part in. Oviedo - and Lee Cattermole - have approached the situation with complete professionalism. He genuinely respects this football club, respects the fans and respects the contract he signed in January 2017. He took to Twitter yesterday to provide another example of that;

Amazing teamwork, that gives us an incredible result today and motivate us a lot. I will continue giving everything for the fans and the club, they deserve to dream big! #OviedoBaby #SAFC

We may not have Bryan Oviedo for much longer. If a club in a healthier situation and higher division coughs up enough to convince Ross to sell, he will sell. That would be unfortunate because I'd be more confident of promotion with him in the team, however I wouldn't begrudge him a move that would be positive for his career.

So, cheers to Oviedo for treating us with the respect many players choose not to do. 



didier-ndong, papy-djilobodji, Bryan Oviedo, Lamine Kone