This summer saw something of a reshuffle at Sunderland. New manager Jack Ross wanted to cut the deadwood from the Stadium of Light and did just that by removing a whole host of players. He also wanted to bring in those suited toward a League One promotion battle.
He certainly managed to bring in some good players for the cause. One such player had just helped another team make it into the division. Wycombe Wanderers did not want to sell midfielder Luke O’Nien to Sunderland, but in the end felt there was little alternative.
Sunderland paid an undisclosed fee for the player and the 23-year-old went straight into the Sunderland starting XI.
But, it is fair to say, things have not exactly gone to plan for O’Nien since.
He struggled in the first-half against Charlton Athletic and was hauled off at half-time in a tactical switch from Ross. He has not featured for the first-team since.
O’Nien has instead been playing with the under-23s and fans were not overly impressed with his efforts in the Checkatrade Trophy this week.
The good news is at 23-years-old O’Nien is still young and this could just be teething problems. He has relocated to a new area and settling in cannot be easy.
Hopefully, he can find his feet soon and produce what Sunderland paid good money for.