Jan Kirchhoff would have been considered a real coup when he joined Sunderland from Bayern Munich in the winter of 2016.
The former Germany Under-21 international was a player that had attracted plenty of excitement, with many believing he had the potential to be able to achieve some great things in the game after he was claimed to be one of the Bundesliga’s most talented defenders in 2012, per Soccernews.
Sunderland, who were still in the Premier League, signed the player for a fee of £900k, however, things did not really go as well as many of the Mackems would have expected for a player of his calibre.
Having made 15 top-flight appearances for the club in his first six months for the team, he helped them to avoid the drop, however, injuries affected his chances of making an impact in the campaign that they were finally relegated to the Championship.
Two hamstring injuries and a serious knee injury meant he was able to feature just seven times, registering one assist against Leicester City.
What will have been hugely disappointing for him and the Sunderland faithful is that Kirchhoff showed glimpses of being able to play in the top-flight when he was fit.
The German midfielder looked classy at times in the middle of the park at the Stadium of Light, however, the fact that he was unable to remain healthy meant the Black Cats had to let him go at the end of his contract.
And, things certainly have not got any better for the 28-year-old over the years following his disappointing time in the north-east.
It took him eight months to earn himself a contract at Bolton Wanderers, however, his injury nightmare continued to affect him and he made just four appearances for the Trotters.
He shortly left the club following the expiration of his contract and it took him another six months to get himself a new deal with 1. FC Magdeburg in the 2. Bundesliga, signing in January.
Kirchhoff has since made four appearances out of a possible five, having missed one match through injury, per Transfermarkt.
Sunderland fans – thoughts?