It looked almost a certainty that Bryan Oviedo was going to leave Sunderland during the summer transfer window following the club’s relegation to League One and having made two appearances for Costa Rica at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but an exit never materialised for the experienced 28-year-old.
The 5ft 8in defender has been something of a regular in the XI for the Black Cats in England’s third tier so far this season – four starts in six fixtures – and with the quality he has shown in the Premier League and for his country in the past you would expect him to rip things up in a left wing-back role at this level.
Three assists in five league outings suggests that this might be the case, although you have to feel a little sorry for Reece James, who would have surely moved to the Stadium of Light after his contract with Wigan expired at the end of last season in the hope that he would be a first-team regular under Jack Ross.
While Oviedo, whom fans on Twitter wanted to start against AFC Wimbledon last month, has begun the campaign in positive fashion, with less than two years left on his contract and with his stature you would have to question whether he is still going to be with the Wearside outfit after the end of the current season, or even after the January transfer window.
Meanwhile, 24-year-old James would have hoped to start afresh with Sunderland having made 28 appearances in all competitions for the League One champions last term, but those regular opportunities haven’t come yet for the former Manchester United youngster – even if he did start successive league games against Gillingham and Wimbledon.
So, Sunderland fans, having seen both players this season do you feel that James should start ahead of Oviedo? Let us know by voting below…