Sunderland star hailed as ‘wicked’ by journalist after what he did during Leeds United win

Alex Pritchard received a lot of acclaim for his performance in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Leeds United yesterday.

The midfielder was recalled to the starting lineup after providing two assists in the weekend’s win over West Brom, demonstrating why he should be a regular for the Black Cats. Alex Pritchard was ready to leave Sunderland in the summer, much to the chagrin of fans. Despite staying until the deadline, the 30-year-old has only made five starts since.


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Despite being forced further forward than his natural position last night, Pritchard delivered another outstanding performance, assisting the side to a 3-0 victory and a place in the Championship play-offs.

Pritchard had 86% pass accuracy and four vital passes, as well as a very nice assist for Jobe Bellingham’s winner.

The midfielder was given a standing ovation as he was replaced by Bradley Dack in extra time, which writer Phil Smith described as “thoroughly deserved.”

When Pritchard was substituted, the Sunderland Echo journalist was among several who praised him, taking to X to post ‘what a footballer’.

He went on to compliment him even more in his player ratings, awarding him a nine and writing: “Pressed from the front, knew when to drop in, and delivered a sequence of wicked set pieces that should have been converted.”

“Landed his assist eventually with a deft header. His standing ovation was thoroughly deserved.”

How good is Alex Pritchard?!

Alex Pritchard now has the most assists (5) and the most huge opportunities (6) in the Sunderland squad. He also has the third-highest number of critical passes per game (1.6), trailing only Jack Clarke and Patrick Roberts. All of this despite the fact that Pritchard has only started five Championship games, with no appearances against Plymouth Argyle or Birmingham City last month.

The 30-year-old is an amazing genius, and there is no doubt that the supporters will be furious if we do not renew his contract. While there is no assurance that the next manager will like him, there is no disputing that he is a valuable asset to have.

Since his arrival in the summer, Adil Aouchiche has looked like a really interesting player, but he will have to do a lot to displace Pritchard now. The Frenchman was given an opportunity in the first squad but did not take it, so his seasoned comrade will do everything in his power to preserve his spot in the lineup.

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