On January 30th 2016, Sunderland announced that they had signed Wahbi Khazri on a four-and-a-half-year deal from French side Bordeaux.
Unsurprisingly, loads of supporters were very pleased with the club’s decision to bring in Khazri, as they took to Twitter to express their delight over the announcement.
@SunderlandAFC better than messi
— Anwar (@AnwarYoooo) January 30, 2016
— إخوان (@ikhwanrt) January 30, 2016
— Harry Thompson (@H_Thompson5) January 30, 2016
— Egodem (@Egodem1) January 30, 2016
@SunderlandAFC exactly what we needed, let's kick on, thank you please!!!!!!!!!!
— Ryan Mckenna (@Rye_Mckenna) January 30, 2016
Wahbi Khazri started his senior career at French side Bastia where he managed to score 32 goals and provided 25 assists in 151 appearances. He then went on to make a name for himself during his time at Bordeaux as he produced an impressive 15 goals and 15 assists in just 61 appearances.
On the 30th of January 2016, Sunderland splashed the cash on Wahbi Khazri as Sam Allardyce paid over £10 million (as per Chronicle Live) to bring him to the Premier League.
Interestingly, the Tunisia international’s most memorable game for the Black Cats came against Manchester United in the Premier League, as he scored his first goal for Sunderland and later set up the winner. And, he scored a volley in a 3-2 win against Chelsea, so he clearly had a taste for the big games.
However, his attitude was a big problem during David Moyes’ reign and he just didn’t show enough quality on the field, which contributed towards him being labelled as a flop as he only managed to produce a disappointing three goals and two assists in 42 appearances.
So, he never really managed to show fans what he was capable of during his time at the Stadium of Light, but he’s certainly gone up another couple of levels since moving away.