After a difficult start to the season, it appeared Adam Matthews’ future at Sunderland was looking bleak. His struggled for form and fitness had previously been forgiven. However, given his standard and pedigree, that would not be the case in League One.
However, circumstances soon saw Matthews back in the first-team and he is now proving the doubters, including this one, very wrong.
He scored in the 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers yesterday, a goal which will have endeared him to a former loan club Bristol City. It was his second goal for the Black Cats and confirmed his recent renaissance.
When Sunderland signed Matthews from Celtic in 2015 it appeared good business. The defender had experience in the Champions League with Celtic and is a Welsh international.
He cost a fee in the region of £2 million but struggled to settle. He played just twice for the club in his opening season on Wearside before featuring 27 times as Sunderland were relegated to League One.
Now, he finally looks to be a piece of the furniture at Sunderland. At the start of the campaign, it appeared he was heading towards his contract expiration next summer with little hope of a new deal.
However, if Sunderland can fight their way to promotion, there is surely no doubt Matthews will be handed a new deal he has thoroughly deserved.