Sunderland supporters will surely be buzzing as this latest behind-the-scenes training footage has emerged of Luke O’Nien.
This season has not ended up being the one that Sunderland would have been hoping for at the turn of the year, when they were on a run of nine games unbeaten and appeared to be one of a few sides vying for a spot inside the top two.
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Now though, they find themselves outside of the play-offs and playing catch-up, which is why they are looking to make marginal gains off the pitch in hope that they will transpire into a game situation, with Mark Douglas reporting on the new behind-the-scenes training method the Black Cats are using as many top European clubs watch on.
Okkulo is a piece of kit that fires footballs at players, O’Nien in this instance, in a dark room at 50mph and then requires him to fit the ball into a number of small targets, and is something that Sunderland fans will be hoping can help get them into the top six come the end of the season.
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While the Black Cats are certainly struggling on the pitch recently with just three wins in their previous 11 league outings, if they can fine-tune their mistakes and improve on areas of weakness off the pitch as well as regular training, it could see them make a real surge into the play-offs.
Sunderland fans will be buzzing to see that O’Nien, who has only recently returned from a long-term injury, is doing all he can to get back up to speed as quickly as possible and taking risks and chances in areas of training that many players have never done before, such is his commitment to the club.