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Sunderland fans are missing George Honeyman despite mixed past reviews

Sunderland lost ground on top two Portsmouth and Luton Town in League One this weekend after a 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town at the Stadium of Light. Josh Maja, whose future at the club is in serious doubt, scored the only goal for the Black Cats after Luke Waterfall had opened the scoring for the visitors.

It was a frustrating display from Sunderland, who left fans disappointed at their inability to beat a team fighting at the other end of the table.

The display also left Sunderland fans with that familiar feeling of absence making the heart grow fonder. The team’s captain George Honeyman has never fully won over the Sunderland fanbase. Despite being a loyal and passionate Sunderland fan himself, and always putting in his best shift for the club, fans sometimes occasionally feel he is a limited footballer.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 09: George Honeyman of Sunderland (C) scores the third home goal during the Checkatrade Trophy match between Sunderland and Carlisle United at Stadium of Light on October 9, 2018 in Sunderland, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

He is currently missing with an ongoing ankle problem, something he has been playing through the pain barrier with since November.

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Sunderland, clearly, miss him.

His energy and mobility in the middle of the park were greatly missed as Max Power and Lee Cattermole struggled to replicate. His ability to pass the ball forward and at pace was also keenly felt in his absence.

Sunderland fans are certainly starting to appreciate Honeyman a little more in absentia. Hopefully, he will be back leading out the Black Cats in the New Year…

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