July 15, 2024

Sunderland must part ways with the underperforming player who received a dismal rating of 2/10, matching the poor display of Patrick Roberts against Blackburn. Despite a promising win against Cardiff City, Sunderland suffered a devastating 5-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers, shattering any optimism among fans.

EXCLUSIVE: Concerns emerge over Patrick Roberts Sunderland future - Sports  Illustrated Sunderland Nation

Patrick Roberts, returning to the starting lineup after missing several matches, failed to make an impact, lasting only 55 minutes before being substituted. He couldn’t even muster a shot on target or successfully dribble past opponents. Consequently, it’s evident that Roberts should be benched for the upcoming match against Bristol City to rectify the team’s woeful performance.

Furthermore, Callum Styles also had a disappointing outing, particularly struggling defensively against Blackburn’s attackers. His inability to contain opponents and relieve pressure resulted in a poor rating and increased speculation about his future in the starting lineup. With Leo Hjelde waiting in the wings, Styles’ position is under threat.

Interim manager Mike Dodds must hope for a swift turnaround in form, with the upcoming Bristol City match providing an opportunity for redemption. However, continued poor results could exacerbate fan frustration at the Stadium of Light.

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