The 9 Sunderland players eager to impress as Jack Ross prepares for cup changes
Sunderland boss Jack Ross is set to make changes to his side at Morecambe tomorrow - but who could stand to benefit?
By The Newsroom
Monday, 12th November 2018, 1:46 pm - 1 min read
Updated Monday, 12th November 2018, 1:49 pm
Jack Ross is preparing to ring the changes for Sunderland
Ross has used the tournament as an opportunity to rotate his squad and reward youngsters for positive players and, with the final group stage game at Morecambe on the horizon, the Scot confirmed he would be making more changes to the side. But who could be given an opportunity to shine? We've taken a look at 9 players who could be handed a chance by the Sunderland boss:
The Dutch stopper has been second choice to the impressive Jon McLaughlin this season, but has looked solid in his two Checkatrade Trophy outings thus far. He's likely to start at the Globe Arena.
The Costa Rican was a regular earlier this season but, following a spell out with injury following a three-game ban for his dismissal against Peterborough, the left-back has lost his place to Reece James. He could be handed a chance to shine at Morecambe, though.
Another who has missed out through injury, Loovens could be recalled to the line-up for the first time since he picked up a knock at Coventry City.
The Turk was a regular at the start of the season but, following the emergence of Tom Flanagan and Jack Baldwin as Ross' first choice partnership, he has found opportunities limited. A Checkatrade Trophy outing could be the ideal place for him to stake a claim.
The former Manchester United youngster has scarcely been seen under Ross, with Adam Matthews having solidified his position as first choice right back. A recall at Morecambe is a possibility, though.
Impressive off the bench in recent weeks, fans have been clamouring for O'Nien to earn a Sunderland start. Ross has no doubt been impressed with those cameo performances and could test the ex-Wycombe midfielder from the start against Morecambe.
The all-action midfielder has only just returned from a four-game suspension and the Checkatrade Trophy clash could be seen as an ideal opportunity to gain some valuable minutes.
Having dazzled for the U23 side this season, Diamond was given the chance to shine in the last game in the competition against Carlisle. Could Ross hand the youngster a similar chance in this next outing?
Another youngster handed a chance against Carlisle, Connelly will be hoping for further first team opportunities as the tournament progresses.