Billy Jones assesses his season at Sunderland in worrying terms

Billy Jones is not pleased with how his season has progressed.

Jones secured a Bosman transfer from West Brom to Sunderland last summer, but he has told the Sunderland Echo that his season has been poor in personal terms.

“The key word is frustration,” the versatile defender said. “I spoke about coming here in the summer, wanting to make a difference and wanting to show the fans and the club what I’m all about. I haven’t really been able to do that.

“I’ve been in, I’ve been out, left-back, right-wing back and it’s been frustrating.”

Jones was recalled to Dick Advocaat’s starting XI for the Tyne-Wear derby and put in a solid performance, although it was still just his seventh Premier League start of the campaign.

The performance against Newcastle will likely guarantee him a key role in Advocaat’s plans until the end of the season, but he may be forced to settle for playing out of position - as he has had to do for much of the campaign.

Although naturally a right-back, the 28-year-old has been utilised on the left of defence due to the the Black Cats lack of cover, and even in a more advanced role on the sides of midfield.

Jones’s performance was impressive considering how little football he has played this term, and it is no surprise that he has found his season frustrating. With Advocaat now looking towards utilising him, he will surely enjoy the closing few weeks of the season - and will hope that Advocaat remains in charge next term to keep his place at Sunderland secure.

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