WILL BUCKLEY hopes he can justify Gus Poyet’s faith, if he is indeed handed only his second Premier League start against Swansea City this weekend.
Buckley’s performance was one of the bright spots of Sunderland’s Capital One Cup elimination to Stoke City on Tuesday after the £2.5million summer signing was one of seven fringe players introduced to the side.
Head coach Poyet indicated afterwards that Buckley – along with fellow new boy Billy Jones – would keep their places in Saturday’s Stadium of Light clash against Swansea, as Sunderland continue their search for a first Premier League win of the campaign.
And if that proves to be the case, winger Buckley – who impressed on his previous top-flight start against Manchester United – is eager to make the most of that opportunity.
Buckley told the Echo: “It (Poyet’s comments) was good to hear personally, but we were all disappointed with the result against Stoke and not getting to the next round.
“The weekend is a bigger prospect for us now.
“Obviously I’ve come here and I want to play. I’ve been bought to produce.
“Hopefully I can get minutes in the Premier League to show that. All the players who haven’t been playing are eager to play.
“As fringe players, all we can do is prove we should be starting. Then it’s down to the manager who he picks.
“It’s the manager’s preference what he’s going to do on Saturday. I enjoyed Tuesday and hopefully I can produce even better performances than that.”