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Post  cyprussyd on 2018-09-16, 11:18 am

Rather than moping at being unable to get a transfer this summer, Bryan Oviedo has set himself the challenge of being the best left-back in League One.

With the 28-year-old’s pedigree and his status as almost certainly the division’s highest-paid player it ought to be a given, but some of Oviedo’s well-paid club-mates have not shown the same attitude since the Black Cats were relegated to English football’s third tier.

Like Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong, Oviedo wanted to leave in the last transfer window. As a former Everton player who started against Brazil and Switzerland at this summer’s World Cup, it was understandable, but suitors such as Brugge felt unable to match the Black Cats’ asking price while meeting the Costa Rican’s wage demands. Unlike Djilobodji and Ndong, Oviedo has got on with the job and performed as well as he ought to.

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Marvin Sordell of Burton Albion shoots whilst being pressured by Bryan Oviedo of Sunderland (Image: James Wilson)
In an interview with La Nacion in his homeland, Oviedo admitted he was hopeful of moving on after the World Cup but insisted he was happy at Sunderland, and setting himself new challenges.
“I expected to be able to play in a league more competitive than Liga One,” he admitted. “In the end it was not possible and now it only remains to continue demonstrating and growing as a footballer.
“Personally I’m happy, I just take this challenge and I hope to give my best to be the best left-back in this league.”

Oviedo started his career in European club football with FC Copenhagen, and thinks he is now back at a similar standard of football.

“The league is a bit similar in level to that of Denmark, they are very physical games where the teams run a lot,” he told La Nacion. “It’s a difficult league, very similar to the Championship.

“Here there are strong, powerful and fast players. Sunderland play well and I hope to enjoy it here, improving here with the team winning promotion.
“Playing games will help me a lot, maybe the league is not as competitive as the Premier League but it’s not bad.
“I’m not going to drop my performance levels. I have to train hard and football is about continuing to improve.”

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Oviedo joined Everton from Copenhagen in 2012, and moved on to Wearside in January 2017. Part of the reason he is so content is that he and his family are settled.
“England is a country with a very good quality of life, my wife and my children are happy here,” he said. “We walk on the street without any problems. The quality of life is important.

“On the other hand, I am playing well in the country with the best league.”
Oviedo looked off the pace in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Burton Albion, having missed the 1-1 draw with Fleetwood Town because he was on international duty in Japan and South Korea.
“In those games I felt very good, they were difficult matches, especially in the last minutes,” he said. “Japan and Korea play very fast football.

“We were also affected by the travelling, especially the second match against Japan because we were made to travel too much. I can do better but these circumstances happen.”
Sunderland may have to sell Oviedo and/or Lee Cattermole in January to give their wage bill the flexibility it needs to meet owner Stewart Donald’s commitments to the Football League and comply with financial fair play regulations.
Djilobodji has been sacked for breach of contract after missing 72 days of training (around half with the club’s permission) and failing to report back in satisfactory condition. Ndong has not been seen on Wearside since joining Watford on loan for the second half of last season. The pair cost a combined £21.6m in 2016.

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Post  Guest on 2018-09-16, 6:05 pm

Good attitude

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Post  Hieronymus on 2018-09-17, 9:23 am

Cannot ask any more from a professional in any walk of life to do their very best at whatever level they find themselves at.

Thankfully  Oviedo seems to be an exception to the rule of many selfish footballers thinking they are better than the rest of us who just have to make the best of whatever situation we find ourselves in.
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Post  barrowmackem on 2018-09-18, 4:53 am

Lot of respect for the guy. crawl

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