This is why Chris Maguire has been in such stunning form for Sunderland

Chris Maguire has been in sparkling form for Sunderland in recent weeks with five goals in his last nine games – and assistant boss Steve Parkin puts its down to his energy levels.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 4:49 pm

Maguire has been working on his fitness since Phil Parkinson took charge and the Black Cats have benefited with a string of impressive performances including scoring the winner in the 1-0 win over Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Sunderland host Rochdale at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday, ahead of the game, Parkin said: “Chris just has to play with energy.

“The key thing for us is whether his running stats are right up there – that’s when he’s at his very best.

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Sunderland forward Chris Maguire.

“We’ve had several games this season where he’s covered a lot of ground, both in terms of sprints and the overall picture of his running stats.

“When he’s up there and doing that, he’s a very talented footballer.”