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Loan Watch: Amad Diallo scores for Sunderland after his return from injury

Manchester United loan star Amad Diallo scored from the penalty spot to help Sunderland earn a 1-1 draw against Luton Town on Saturday. 

The 20-year-old missed the Black Cats’ previous two league games after picking up a hamstring injury during their 5-1 loss to Stoke City. 

However, he marked his return from injury with a penalty against the Hatters at the Stadium of Light. 

Manager Tony Mowbray included the talented winger in the squad but didn’t risk starting him, picking the same team that lost 2-1 to Sheffield United. 

Sunderland made a decent start to the match and came close to making the breakthrough early in the first half. 

However, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock soon after half-time through Alfie Doughty.  

Mowbray’s side stepped things up and their efforts were rewarded with just five minutes remaining. 

Tom Lockyer brought down Amad and the referee took some time before pointing to the spot. 

The Ivory Coast international made no mistake as he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way with a high finish into the top left corner. 

Amad was on the pitch for only 35 minutes but he still made a great impact for the Black Cats. 

The 20-year-old had 27 touches, made 16 passes and had almost 94 percent passing accuracy. He also made a tackle and an interception. 

Amad is enjoying an impressive 2022-23 campaign at Sunderland. He has featured in 29 Championship matches this term, bagging nine goals and two assists. 

The winger has earned over 1,900 league minutes with Sunderland, averaging 1.5 shots, 0.6 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per game. 

There is intense competition for places in Erik ten Hag’s team this season, but opportunities can open up for Amad at Old Trafford next season if he continues his excellent loan form. 

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