Sunderland got back to winning ways on Wednesday with a wonderfully clinical display at Accrington Stanley, and Denver Hume was the star of the show.
After such a devastating defeat at Wembley last weekend, you may have forgiven Jack Ross’ side if they looked a little sluggish at the Crown Ground on Wednesday evening.
Instead, the Black Cats put in perhaps their most ruthless and professional display of the season so far, barely looking threatened for a moment and creating loads of attacking opportunities, three of which they took.
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Aiden McGeady, Will Grigg and Kazaiah Sterling all grabbed themselves a goal, and Charlie Wyke was superb as well.
None of them made quite the impact that Hume did though, as the 20 year-old now looks likely to nail down that starting left back spot for the remainder of the season.
His youthful exuberance, endless running, quality on the ball and tough tackling makes him far superior to Reece James, who was previously the first choice in that spot.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below, where the man who has barely stepped on the pitch all season is getting all the praise…
@Denver_Hume cements his place at left-back for rest of the season. Massive threat going forward and solid defender. Don’t see Reece James taking it away from him. Another great performance by him and great to see another academy graduate shining in the professional game, proud.
— Ian Crow (@Ian_Crow3) April 3, 2019
We were excellent tonight. Delighted with that. Thought Denver Hume, McGeouch and Charlie Wyke were all tremendous & Sterling looks a talent too. That one was for you @AndyhHolt
— JL73. (@JL_1973) April 3, 2019
Sorting a new contract for Denver Hume needs to be very high on @stewartdonald3 priority list!
— Ronnie (@Ronniereal73) April 3, 2019
Whatever ‘it’ is, Denver Hume definitely has it. #SAFC
— Tom Albrighton (@tmalbrghtn) April 3, 2019
Denver Hume has been absolutely outstanding tonight.
— Kieron (@kieron1490) April 3, 2019
Dylan McGeouch and Denver Hume have been a breath of fresh air here like
— Michael. (@MJJ93__) April 3, 2019
What a talent denver Hume is by the way. Great player
— micky c (@mickycsafc) April 3, 2019
Our best left back going forward in my opinion. Plenty of pace and not afraid to get amongst it.
— LIAM GUSTARD (@liam_yasmin) April 3, 2019