The Black Cats escaped the third tier after four years by winning the play-offs under Alex Neil last season and Kristjaan Speakman worked hard over the summer to improve the team.
Jack Clarke, Aji Alese, Daniel Ballard, Edouard Michut, and Ellis Simms are just a few of the players he brought to the Stadium of Light to improve the squad.
He has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.08 and chipped in with an outstanding four goals and four assists in 13 appearances in the Championship so far this season, showcasing his ability to be a match-winner with his contributions at the top end of the pitch.
The winger, who has made 2.0 tackles and interceptions and completed 1.8 dribbles per game, joined for a deal that has been reported to potentially be worth up to £10m in the future and his performances on the pitch suggest that he is providing value for money at this moment in time.
Players who can make the difference in the final third are worth millions as they can win matches on their own and Tony Mowbray could have another Clarke at the club already in Jack Diamond.
The Sunderland academy graduate was sent out on loan to Lincoln in League One this season and the 22-year-old is enjoying a sublime campaign so far.
Diamond, who was once described as “powerful” by Lee Johnson, joined the third-tier outfit towards the end of August and has made an instant impact, scoring four goals in his first five league matches for the club.
The Sunderland youngster has proven, like Clarke has this season, that he has the quality to be a match-winner with his goal contributions at League Two and League One level.
Mowbray could now prevent Speakman from needing to splash out millions on another winger for the first team by bringing Diamond back into the fold in 2023 and integrating him into the squad to see if he has the quality to replicate his form in the Championship.