Bali Mumba played his first game of the season in Sunderland’s 3-2 win over Grimsby Town.
Sunderland beat Grimsby in the EFL Trophy and Mumba started the match at right-back. On his 18th birthday, Mumba earned himself a start after Jack Ross’ departure earlier in the day.
It was Mumba’s 10th senior appearance for Sunderland. He was initially seen as a central midfielder but he has been playing at right-back for the U23 team. This is why James Fowler decided to give him a chance at right-back.
Can Mumba break into the team?
Conor McLaughlin has struggled this season and Luke O’Nien has been playing at right-back. But if Mumba proves himself, this could allow O’Nien to move back to the midfield.
Mumba had a major chance to prove himself and earn his place back in the Sunderland side when they return to league action. With a new manager coming in, Mumba had the opportunity to show why he should be a regular.
But Sunderland fans can’t seem to agree on whether the teenager is good enough. Some fans believe he had a great game at right-back while others criticised his display. Here are some tweets about Mumba.
Bali for first team football, he’s better than Connor McLaughlin
— Lee Burge (@pc_burge) October 8, 2019
Bali Mumba at Right Back man. Shocking
— Ross Black (@RBlack95) October 8, 2019
Bali Mumba appreciation post
— Joe Wren (@JoeHWren) October 8, 2019
Poor from Bali Mumba, switched off
— Steve Reid (@richy_choc) October 8, 2019
Bali Mumba is the best right back we have, and he’s not even an out n out right back. 🤷♂️🤷♂️
— Gary Hiles (@GTHiles) October 8, 2019
Lee Burge – 5/10 Wasn’t as heroic as he was at Bramall Lane ultimately when called on he conceded looked much better at releasing the ball faster than McLaughlin.
Bali Mumba – 6/10 Got forward on a few occasions but didn’t cause much threat, bags of potential.
— ForeverSunderland (@NewsSAFC2019) October 8, 2019