Centre-forward Jerome Sinclair may not have got on the scoresheet in the win over Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night, but he was an unsung hero for the tireless work he put in up front.
The Black Cats secured a narrow 1-0 away victory, which leaves them third in League One and just five points off top spot with a game in hand.
Chris Maguire netted the only goal of the game for the visitors, but there were a number of impressive individuals displays in a gritty win.
Sinclair, who is on loan from Premier League outfit Watford, worked his socks off in attack by himself to give Sunderland a great outlet ball.
The English striker will be judged largely on his goal output, but one in nine games doesn’t quite paint the entire picture.
His luck in front of goal should change around during the course of the season and most importantly right now he’s still impacting games in a positive way.
Manager Jack Ross should certainly consider him a major weapon in an attempted promotion bid, as in-form Josh Maja can’t be relied on as the only striker all season.
Sinclair, 22, has an excellent work-rate and intelligence to get in the right areas, which is why he’s vital for Sunderland.