Sunderland's Jeremain Lens proved why he is worth keeping in Watford draw

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Sunderland drew 2-2 with Watford.

Sunderland forward Jeremain Lens illustrated exactly why boss Sam Allardyce should retain his services this summer following his superb performance in the 2-2 draw with Watford on Sunday.

Lens joined the Black Cats on a four-year deal from Dynamo Kiev last summer for an undisclosed fee.

Despite showing plenty of early promise, the Holland international soon found himself out of the first-team picture under Allardyce and was fined two weeks wages in December.

Speculation has been mounting over his future at the Stadium of Light ahead of the summer, yet on Sunday the talented forward showed exactly what he is capable of and why Alllardyce should not sell him.

  GoalsAssistsShotsTake-onsTouchesBall RecoveriesDuels WonMins Played
Jeremain Lens 1 1 2 2 37 4 6 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, Lens contributed greatly in a number of key areas as he excelled at Vicarage Road over the 90 minutes and at times looked head and shoulders the best player on the park.

Aside from both scoring and grabbing an assists, the 28-year-old also posted two shots, two successful take-ons, four ball recoveries, six defensive duels won and an overall 37 touches.

It remains to be seen whether Lens will want to remain on Wearside following his lack of first-team action, yet there is no denying he has great ability and the potential to nail down a regular starting spot.

The first season in the Premier League can be tough for even the best foreign talent, and Lens has done enough on occasions to warrant another season and the chance to really make his mark.

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