According to French publication L’Equipe, Wahbi Khazri is set for a switch from Sunderland to Saint-Etienne this summer.
After an eye-catching showing at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, Khazri looks set to leave the Stadium of Light and continue his career afresh with Les Verts.
Whilst the Tunisian’s time as a Black Cat can hardly be considered a success – it did include two relegations – Khazri was at times explosive and nigh on unplayable for Sunderland. Unfortunately, those occasions weren’t frequent enough, but many Sunderland fans retain a soft spot for the outbound attacker.
Sunderland are a League One side now, and the replacement they’ll bring in will surely have to reflect that status. Though, the sale of Khazri will likely raise significant funds.
Like Sunderland, Chuks Aneke suffered relegation last season, in his case as an MK Dons player.
However, he’s a player Sunderland might want to consider handing a lifeline to by offering him a route back to League One.
In Khazri, Sunderland had an exciting, unpredictable, attacking midfielder full of tricks and twists. Aneke can bring that same style of play to the League One version of Sunderland.
Beyond that, Aneke’s size and strength, and his ability to use those attributes smartly, makes him the kind of powerhouse player able to bully defences and dominate games at this level. Yet his physicality isn’t undermined by a lack of technical prowess, as Aneke has great feet and vision and is often able to unpick defences at this level.
Aneke is valued at only £450k by Transfermarkt, well within Sunderland’s spending power. He could become a very valuable part of Jack Ross’ Black Cats squad too.