After two disappointing relegation campaigns, Sunderland have made a good start to their League One campaign as they currently sit fourth in the league.
With Stewart Donald as the new owner and Jack Ross as the new manager, Sunderland went through a season of upheaval over the summer as they brought in 12 new players to try and stop the club slumping to a third successive relegation. So far, the former St Mirren has done pretty well as Sunderland are yet to lose a game.
With the club trying to begin a new era under the new ownership, it was essential that they cleared out some of the deadwood from the squad. Although Lamine Kone was shipped out, they failed to sell Papy Djilobodji.
The former Chelsea man then went on strike for the pre-season and has only just returned to training as reported by the Chronicle Live.
Signed in 2016, the Senegalese international has been a flop ever since he arrived at the Stadium of Light. While Kone at least showed some good form, Djilobodji has been poor and was a significant contributor to the club’s relegation to the Championship.
Following that, he was sent on loan to Dijon and although he was ok, his never was going to have a place at the club.
Despite the transfer window being closed, Sunderland must be strong and make sure that Djilobodji never plays for the club. After starting the season so well, the club can’t let this derail that.
What do you think Sunderland fans?