Sunderland return to League One action tonight as they look to bounce back from their frustrating draw with Charlton at the weekend.
They now host Fleetwood at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday with the chance for Alex Neil to register his second win in charge of the club.
One player the Scot must ruthlessly axe from the starting XI in order to give his team a better chance of winning is central midfielder Corry Evans.
The veteran has been in poor form as of late and must be taken out of the team for this clash with Fleetwood. Against Charlton, he lost 100% of his individual duels as he was unable to win any of the four battles he was involved in on the pitch.
This came after his shocking performance in the win over Wigan. As per SofaScore, he completed nine passes at a success rate of 47% in his 90 minutes of action, whilst winning one duel and making one interception in the holding midfield role.
He was below par on and off the ball as he struggled badly in his attempts to retain possession for his side and was weak when he was challenged by the opposition in a physical contest. This shows that he has not been doing enough in the middle of the park to warrant his place in the side.
Fan outlet Roker Report dubbed him an “anonymous leader” in February and Black Cats reporter Michael Graham Tweeted: “Seeing a lot of #SAFC fans criticising Corry Evans right now, both in terms of his on-pitch contribution and his disappearing act when it comes to fronting up to the media as captain after games. And, frankly, I agree with all of them.”
These comments suggest that he is not being the leader he is expected to be on the pitch, although it is impossible to know what sort of impact he is having in the dressing room.
Judging by his performances on the field, however, the £14k-per-week dud should be ruthlessly axed from the team tonight. He has not been good enough in the last two games and Neil must now wield his axe and bring his namesake Dan back into the fold.