Sunderland made it back-to-back home stalemates on Tuesday night as they were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw against Blackpool.
The Black Cats couldn’t find a way past the Tangerines despite a dominant first half, with the result leaving Tony Mowbray’s side in seventh position in the Championship.
One man who disappointed in the draw at the Stadium of Light was Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo, who started alongside Alex Pritchard in attack in the absence of Ellis Simms and Ross Stewart.
As per SofaScore, the Ivory Coast international would earn a shocking 6.4/10 rating for his performance, which was the joint-worst of any player to feature in the game.
Sunderland seriously missed the physicality and aerial presence offered by both Stewart and Simms, as Diallo would win just one of his five duels during the game, meaning that 80% of the time, he was bettered by a Blackpool player.
Diallo usually excels with the ball at his feet but he simply failed to get involved on Tuesday night, as his one dribble attempt was unsuccessful, while he failed to register a single shot on target during his time on the pitch.
By comparison, even with all of his previous appearances in the Championship coming from the bench this season, Diallo has averaged 0.4 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.2 dribbles per game, which emphasises just how poor he was when given the opportunity to start on Tuesday.
He would also have just 30 touches of the ball, which was the lowest of any Sunderland player to start the game, including goalkeeper Anthony Patterson, who would have 36.
Therefore, it was no surprise to see him replaced by Jewison Bennette on 58 minutes, with the Costa Rican managing more key passes, successful dribbles and successful duels than his teammate despite being on the pitch for nearly half an hour less.
This again goes to show just how poor the Manchester United loanee was against Blackpool, and when Mowbray needed him to step up with some goals due to Simms and Stewart being injured, he sadly failed to perform.
Indeed, he even ignored his manager’s instructions by refusing to shoot, something that will do little to help his cause in the future.
This was the attacker’s first start for the club and on this evidence, another one shouldn’t be forthcoming anytime soon.