Sunderland ace makes admission following recent events

Sunderland striker Aiden O’Brien admitted to Chronicle Live that he didn’t want to sit on the Stadium of Light bench after landing a hat-trick against Blackpool in the Carabao Cup.

The Irishman has yet to start a league game for the Black Cats this season, but he has scored four goals in two Cup starts, earning the North East team a berth in the third round.

A summer signing from Millwall last year, O’Brien found himself moving in and out of the squad under Lee Johnson and is now apparently aiming to carve out a starting spot to move forward.

Speaking about his situation recently, O’Brien was quick to confess the following about his playing time:

“I don’t want to sit on the bench, I think no one wants to sit on the bench and I can’t wait to be in every game because I know I can make a difference.

“I believe in myself and the other night I showed it.

“I think it’s four (goals) out of two (cup starts) now, not a bad little record so far. Too bad, let him continue.

“We had some discussions and it is obviously confidential.

“We had professional human-to-human discussions and had some discussions.

“We have simplified the situation. I support the team every week whether I play or not.

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O’Brien has now scored 10 goals in 44 appearances for the Black Cats and hopes to continue his strong start to the season in the months to come.

Sunderland are now set to take on Sky Bet League rivals One Wigan Athletic in the next away round at DW Stadium.

The verdict

O’Brien is arguing to become a regular start at the Stadium of Light and it will surely only be a matter of time before Johnson considers bringing him in.

Competition for places is still high at Sunderland, but it seems unlikely for now that Johnson is looking to change what has been a winning team in the league.

It is good to see that the striker wants more playing time and that can only bode well for the future as the club look to thrive in all the competitions they participate in.

If he continues to hit the back of the net consistently, it won’t be long before O’Brien finds himself with a chance to carve out a starting spot.


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