Sunderland left-back Bryan Oviedo has been talking to the press this week about his season so far. There is no doubt that the Costa Rican is deserving of a lot of credit at the Stadium of Light.
He headed to the World Cup this summer with his nation and this summer could have easily found a way out of the club. If he had wanted to, the 28-year-old could have downed tools. That is what Didier Ndong and Papy Djilobodji have done. Simply, they decided they wanted to go, so just stopped showing up.
But speaking to La Nacion, as translated by the Sunderland Echo, Oviedo made it clear he would never do such a thing.
He honestly admitted that playing at League One level is something he considers beneath him. But he also spoke of how he enjoys living in England and working hard for Sunderland.
“I expected to be able to play in a league more competitive than Liga One, in the end, it was not possible and now it only remains to continue demonstrating and growing as a footballer.
“Personally I’m happy, I just take this challenge and I hope to give my best to be the best left-back in this league.”
His comments are an absolute breath of fresh air. Sunderland have been through it all recently. Off the pitch and on it, the performance has been woeful.
So to see someone commit themselves so openly to the cause with honesty and humility, must make Sunderland fans very happy.
Oviedo has been excellent so far this season. However, Sunderland suffered their first defeat at the weekend in a 2-1 defeat to Burton Albion.
Hopefully, Oviedo can continue to inspire at the Stadium of Light, and send Sunderland back to the Championship.