In the early stages of the season Sunderland fans have been leaving games with a whole load more confidence and positivity than past campaigns. The new squad assembled by Jack Ross is playing some fantastic football and it’s one of the summer acquisitions who is playing a leading role.
Chris Maguire was signed from Bury and arrived at the Stadium of Light with a plethora of Football League experience. he was, like many of Sunderland’s new signings, relatively unknown to many Black Cats fans but after only three league games he has done plenty to make himself a favourite with the Stadium of Light faithful.
Maguire has played on the right wing so far this season and his quick turn of pace and even quicker feet has helped Sunderland towards two wins in their first three games. He looked to have been an ideal signing for a side new to the third tier of English football, and this observation has become more and more evident each week. His goal in the 3-0 win against Scunthorpe United on Sunday was a classy move from Sunderland finished off in the calmest way possible by a player brimming with confidence. Maguire’s celebration was that of a man who is thoroughly enjoying his football, this is something which has been sorely lacking on Wearside in recent years.
Momentarily, he is one of the first names on the team sheet. This has been helped by two other players who play in Maguire’s position are experiencing a spell on the side-lines. Aiden McGeady and Duncan Watmore will, when fit, be stiff competition for the former Oxford man. On his day McGeady will beat any full back in the division, he had the occasional top performance last season in what was a lack-lustre Sunderland side. in this rejuvenated one, he should have a much easier time of it.
Watmore has had a sickeningly stop-start career at Sunderland due to injury, but with him soon to return he too will be a key weapon in Jack Ross’ Arsenal. Sunderland’s youthful midfield has caused plenty of problems for opposition already this season, Watmore will only add to the energy and he will have the added incentive of wanting to impress his new manager.
Despite the impending competition for his place, if Chris Maguire carries on his fine start to the campaign then McGeady, Watmore and anyone else gunning for his place will find it hard to get. He may have been unknown when he signed, but don’t be surprised to hear more and more Sunderland players signing his praises in the coming months.