Not seen since January, Sunderland's Buckley earns praise from development squad coach

Sunderland's William Buckley made an impression in the club's Under-21 fixture against Southampton.

Sunderland coach Robbie Stockdale has praised William Buckley's impact on their development squad's fixture yesterday in the Sunderland Echo.

Sunderland's Under-21 side took on Southampton yesterday and won 3-2, with Buckley earning praise from the Black Cats' coach.

Buckley played alongside Sunderland first-teamers Adam Johnson, Sebastian Coates and Vito Mannone in the fixture and he will be encouraged to have earned praise, as he looks to make an impression under Dick Advocaat. 

“Adam was a constant threat and Will was really positive as well," Stockdale said. “I thought they were all very good, really professional in their attitude. 

“When it’s the odd player coming down, as long as they come down with the right attitude, it’s fantastic."

Buckley has rather become the forgotten man at the Stadium of Light, with the winger having not been seen January. 

Injury and a lack of form has meant that his chances of football have been limited and his future is in doubt now Gus Poyet has left.

Poyet always kept faith in Buckley, despite the former Brighton and Hove Albion winger seemingly struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League, but it remains to be seen whether Advocaat will be so patient with him.

Buckley, though, will be encouraged to hear the backroom team giving him such public praise and he will be hoping to play a part before the season has finished. 

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