Shocked Sunderland fans react on Twitter to Van Aanholt's performance v Stoke

The 25-year-old has put in some good displays of late for the Black Cats.

There are a few Sunderland players changing opinions right now.

Patrick van Aanholt is perhaps the biggest. Indeed, the full-back netted a superb strike against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon and was otherwise excellent for the Black Cats as Sam Allardyce's men beat the Potters 2-0.

What a job Allardyce has done already - especially transforming the likes of Van Aanholt, Younes Kaboul and more.

Sunderland are now out of the bottom three, unthinkable just a few weeks ago, and fans are delighted with the contribution of several of their players.

Allardyce's men have won back-to-back games and three of their last six. Van Aanholt, meanwhile, received particular praise from fans on Twitter after the Stoke game.

The 25-year-old has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism this season but has turned his fortunes around somewhat of late. The Sunderland defender will need to keep his current standards up - two good games don't make a good campaign.

But there has been plenty of encouragement on the Van Aanholt front at the Stadium of Light and Sunderland fans took much delight in his display on Saturday:

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