Recalled Midfielder Vindicates Sunderland Gaffer’s Decision

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Sunderland manager Chris Coleman has said that his faith in recalling George Honeyman for the game against Queens Park Rangers last weekend was fulfilled by the performance that the 23 year old put in.

The Academy product has made more appearances than any other player so far this season with a total of 37 in total and he’s also contributed four goals across all competitions, along with two assists.

Having worked closely with him since arriving at the club as Simon Grayson’s replacement, Coleman said that despite his age he’d already become a big personality in the dressing room and he felt for his tender years he had an unrivalled mentality, refusing to be awed or shy away from the task at hand given where the club find themselves.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media this week following the game, the former Welsh manager explained.

‘I`ve been in professional football for 30 years as a player and a manager and in terms of mentality, I`ve not seen anything better than him. He`s a huge, huge personality, desperate to play football, desperate to play for Sunderland.’

Coleman went on to say about his attitude and outlook on football.

‘It bothers him for days if he plays badly, and if he`s not playing, he`s devastated. It`s all about the game, all about playing for Sunderland. His input on the game was brilliant, his energy and his enthusiasm and personality were absolutely great.’


‘He deserved something but you don`t always get what you deserve, I know. These times are tough but honestly, he`ll be much better at the end of it because he`s one of those players who`s a chip off the old block.’

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