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Here are the THREE SC Heerenveen players that Sunderland should be wary of tonight

Sunderland finish off pre-season with a tough challenge at home to Eredivisie side SC Heerenveen - but which three opposition players could give our lads a real tough evening at the SOL?

SC Heerenveen v VVV-Venlo - Dutch Eredivisie Photo by Erwin Otten/Soccrates/Getty Images

Ben Rienstra

Eredivise Games/Goals*: 32/4

Rienstra comes from a footballing family - his brother Daan currently turns out for fellow Eredivisie side RKC Waalwjik.

The Alkmaar-born midfielder joined Heerenveen last season after three seasons at his boyhood club and shone in Johnny Jansen’s side, scoring four goals from central midfield.

He’s very controlled in possession and underpins many of De Superfriezen’s moves from deep. His passing is incisive and accurate and the battle between himself and Grant Leadbitter should be an intriguing one.

Pre-Season Friendly”SC Heerenveen v FC St. Pauli (GER)”

Rodney Kongolo

Eredivise Games/Goals*: 9/0

A product of the Manchester City youth Academy, the 21-year-old moved to the Eredivisie last year on a four year contract to continue his footballing education.

Originally part of the Feyenoord youth system, Kongolo was plucked from Holland at just 16 and became part of conveyor belt of talent being produced from the Manchester City Academy.

Despite impressing in the youth leagues, and on loan at Doncaster Rovers, he was unable to push through into the first team at the Etihad and sought a move back to his homeland in 2018.

He’s an imposing figure at 6’1 and despite not playing as often as he’d like last term, this year could be key for him. Kongolo has impressed in his pre-season cameos and is likely to cause our far smaller size central midfield some real issues.

Ajax v SC Heerenveen - Dutch KNVB Beker Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images

Jens Odgaard

Serie A Games/Goals*: 1/0

The Danish striker arrived last month on loan as a replacement for top scorer Sam Lammers and has already excited De Superfriezen fans by smashing in five goals in pre-season so far.

Previously on the books of Inter Milan, the Danish U19 striker stands at 6ft2 and is a tough, imposing centre forward who will present the Sunderland defence with the perfect test heading into a pivotal season for Jack Ross’ men.

Pre-Season Friendly”SC Heerenveen v FC St. Pauli (GER)”

*18/19 stats only

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