Sunderland put in a performance to remember on Saturday as they thrashed league leaders Wycombe 4-0 at the Stadium of Light, a match which included fine goals from Chris Maguire and Denver Hume.
For the latter, it was his first professional goal, and one which completed a fine move from the home side, with Charlie Wyke and Maguire heavily involved in the build-up.
Hume’s desire to get forward from left wing-back was also vital, however, and credit should go to him and Phil Parkinson, as it was the manager’s instructions which really paid off.
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Supporters were delighted to see the academy product find the back of the net, and it is the least he deserves in return for his consistent contributions to the Black Cats this season.
Absolutely brilliant from Denver today and a captain's performance from you 👌🏽
— Humraj Singh Narang (@mackem_1) January 11, 2020
Amazing performance by Hume and all the lads today. 💪🙌⚽️
— Kelly Smith (@kasmith37) January 11, 2020
Outstanding performance once again! Buzzing for you getting your 1st goal! Plenty more Bonny lad 🔴⚪️⚪️🔴⚪️
— adam jones (@adamjon48124151) January 11, 2020
Exceptional performance from @Denver_Hume 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️👍🏾
— Oluwaseun Bamgboye (@bamgboyeolu) January 11, 2020
Brilliant team performance today lads. I was buzzing for Hume getting he’s goal, he’s been exceptional the past few games. Now we want number 2 Denver.
— Deborah Conway (@Deborah99932335) January 11, 2020
Well said captain. He has been superb this year especially last 6 games.
— Carl Walsh (@Carl_Walsh33) January 11, 2020
Fans have rightly praised the youngster, who has shown not only his technical attributes but his strong mentality also, as some young players may have allowed the pressure and fan unrest to get to them.
Instead, Hume has been a regular name on the team sheet under Parkinson, starting 12 league games out of 13 under the Black Cats boss – his ability to defend and attack is key in the 5-2-3 formation.
That ability is represented by his return of 1.1 tackles and 1.8 dribbles per league game, and if he can maintain that effort he could be key to Sunderland continuing their rise up the table.
Some believe his displays have been better than any other left-back in the league this season, which is high praise considering Sunderland’s struggles for the most part this campaign.
— TylerShields🥶 (@SAFCTylerr) January 12, 2020
Not even debatable
— SW (@SW11___) January 12, 2020
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