Jack Ross admits having conversation with Sunderland defender Alim Ozturk

Sunderland manager Jack Ross takes questions during a press conference at The Stadium of Light on August 2, 2018 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland defender Alim Ozturk has been unable to break into Jack Ross' side to date.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross takes questions during a press conference at The Stadium of Light on August 2, 2018 in Sunderland, England.

Jack Ross has told the Sunderland Echo that he has recently held conversations with Sunderland defender Alim Ozturk.

Sunderland brought in Ozturk over the summer transfer window, but he has initially struggled.

The Turkish defender has failed to break into Sunderland’s first-team, and often sat on the bench.

However, Ozturk made a late appearance for Sunderland in their last match against Bradford City, and helped them pick up the three points.

 

And Ross says he has sat the centre-back down to talk to him about helping the side out.

“I had a conversation with him after the Bradford game, to say how pleased I was that he had made a contribution,” Ross said.

“I spoke to him at the end of last week, I know Alim from having worked with him before and his temperament is good.

Alim Ozturk of Sunderland during the Carabao Cup First Round between Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday at Stadium of Light on August 16, 2018 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

“He’s a good character, he’s got no issues. Obviously he wants to play but he knows he has to be patient and take his opportunities when they come up.”

Ozturk still has work to do if he is to break into Sunderland’s starting line-up, as competition is fierce.

Ozturk looks to be behind Glenn Loovens, Jack Baldwin and Tom Flanagan in the race for places at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland are next in action after the international break, when they take on Shrewsbury Town.

Alim Ozturk of Sunderland during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Charlton Athletic at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2018 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

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