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'Jack Clarke is the obvious one' - Sunderland reporter Nick Barnes

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Sunderland forward Jack Clarke.
Sunderland forward Jack Clarke.

Ahead of Stoke City's meeting with Sunderland, BBC Radio Stoke's Lucas Yeomans has been speaking to BBC Radio Newcastle's Black Cats reporter Nick Barnes to discuss which opposition players could cause the biggest problem for Steven Schumacher's side.

"Jack Clarke is the obvious one because he's had a good season. You know, he's by far and away their leading scorer. He is a tricky player, he's a difficult player to play against, there's an argument that he's a bit of a one-trick pony, you know what he's going to do on that left wing. There's not a huge amount beyond that. End product perhaps should be greater, but that's being hypocritical of a very talented player.

"They have others. Dan Ballard, a centre-back that's been superb this season, a bit of an unsung hero in many ways. I think Dan Neil in central midfield as well. He's only 22, but he is undoubtedly destined for bigger things. Trai Hume has had a fantastic season. Playing right-back now but he's been playing left-back, so there are some very talented individuals. Anthony Patterson, the goalkeeper, some very talented individuals within the team."