Jon McLaughlin certainly made an impression at Sunderland this season, winning their Player of the Year award.
Not just that, but he’s won an army of fans at the Stadium of Light as well. The former Hearts and Burton stopper had a tremendous season, making wonderful saves as his side finished fifth.
For many, fifth is a failure. Getting into the play-offs is the same whether you’re third or sixth, but sadly they couldn’t make their top six finish a promotion catalyst, going down 2-1 at Wermbley to Charlton Atheltic.
It means another year in the third tier, only the second sepll they’ve had outside the top two divisions. That’s certainly seen as a failure and whislt Jack Ross might carry some of the blame, Jon McLaighlin does not.
The Black Cats have put a montage of his saves on Twitter this morning and, as expected, supporters have been quick to once again praise a man they credit with playing a key part in their season, successful or not.
They claim he might have saved them from a lower finish, some speculate he might want a move and there are others thinking he should be keeping goal for Scotland as a result of his standout season.
I dread to think where we would have finished in the league without him #safc
— N Barnes (@safcknowitall) June 10, 2019
Definitely would’ve stayed up in the championship if we had a keeper like him
— james turnbull (@jxmes123) June 10, 2019
Definitely the correct decision. If we'd had him last year theres no way we would be in league 1 now. 16 or 17 points keepers cost us last year. Can't remember one mistake he's made that cost us. Although he did get away with one at home to Bradford.
— Jason Reveley (@JAReveley) June 10, 2019
Been a good keeper though personally I think his distribution has gone downhill since Jimmy left
— ® Gorman Stewart ©️ (@1879SAFC) June 10, 2019
Mr Consistent last season
— Daniel Jenks (@DanielJenks89) June 10, 2019
He’s brilliant lad should be Scotland’s number 1! big john should get captain band
— L o g i e B e a R 🐻 (@LoganHomer96) June 10, 2019
Wouldn't blame him if he wanted to test himself in the Championship. For a team that finished 5th he wasnt half over worked due to his manager
— Parkersafc (@Parkersafc) June 10, 2019
By far our most consistent player. Unbelievable season and I’d be surprised if no championship teams bid for him.
— Adam ➐ (@AdamSport_) June 10, 2019