How to solve a problem like Cory Evans

For Sunderland to maintain the kind of form required to secure a playoff spot and potentially trouble the top two, the Lads are going to have to improve overall performances.

by GMac88 Monday, 14 March 2022 09:30 PM Comments

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For Sunderland to maintain the kind of form required to secure a playoff spot and potentially trouble the top two, the Lads are going to have to improve overall performances. Three wins in five is great, results are important and we shouldn't take that for granted, but what is also true is that Sunderland have looked vulnerable.

Alex Neil has openly said, as reported by casinoscout online casino, that he cannot implement the style of football he would like given how tight the situation is in the league and how little game-time there is, so it isn't much of surprise that there has been an emphasis on shoring up a leaky defence since his arrival.

That has been successful, with just two goals conceded in the last five games, one of which absolutely gifted to Fleetwood by Bailey Wright.

One position that has stuck out like a sore thumb in terms of a weak link is central midfield. Most notably, captain Cory Evans looks way off the pace. Having 84 touches in his last two games, giving the ball away 19 times - a whopping 23% success rate in giving the ball away; compounded by just three defensive duel wins in the same games is woeful.

Compare that to the imposing Jay Matete giving the ball away in 18% of his touches whilst winning an impressive 13 duels, Evans' impact is pitiful. The Northern Irishman is intended to be the link between defence and attack, yet according to best uk casino websites he doesn't have much influence on either - but who could take his place?

The most obvious answer is Carl Winchester. Currently filling in at right back or centre back, Evans' compatriot was a key figure in Lee Johnson's midfield at the beginning of the season before injuries forced him out of position.

With the recent returns of Arbenit Xhemajli, the versatile Luke O'Nien and loanee Callum Doyle all providing viable alternatives at centre back. Perhaps now is the time to relegate Evans to the bench in favour of Winchester and get the 28 year old in his favoured position.