After narrowly avoiding relegation for four consecutive seasons, Sunderland decided to appoint David Moyes in the summer of 2016.
Ahead of the new season Moyes moved into the transfer market to bolster his defensive options with the signing of Papy Djilobodji from Chelsea in a transfer worth £8.55 million.
The transfer arrived as something of a bolt out the blue but the Sunderland supporters were pleased to see a new defender arrive at the Stadium of Light to help with another inevitable relegation battle.
— Ol(st)a(r)-MIP-o (@olstardipo) August 5, 2016
WE'RE GONNA WIN THE LEAGUE
— Tom – League 1 (@MilnerTom_) August 5, 2016
Decent in pretty much everything. Kinda quick, pretty rough (at times too much), not always flawless in…
— Joey (@Estadox) August 5, 2016
It’s a revelation! There is a god!
— Jack Curtis (@_jack_curtis) August 5, 2016
amazing but unexpected
— Keelan Murray (@KeelanMurray1) August 5, 2016
NICE! Way to keep this one under wraps! I knew my Club has things in motion. Let the good times roll!
— Hayden (@trini_in_texas) August 5, 2016
Clearly, the Sunderland supporters were delighted following the announcement that Djilobodji had arrived at the club, but fast-forward two years and it’s fair to say the entirety of the fan base now hold nothing but negative feelings towards the Senegalese central defender.
Djilobodji struggled at the heart of Sunderland’s defence on his debut season for the club and he made just 18 appearances in the Premier League before he was frozen out of the starting eleven in the final 16 fixtures in which he didn’t play a single minute of league football.
However, his disastrous career at Sunderland was only just getting started as things went from bad to worse this summer.
Following a season-long loan spell with Dijon in France, Djilobodji (valued at £4.95 million by Transfermarkt) caused a media storm by failing to report back for pre-season training until September and he further antagonised the club by failing a fitness test upon his return.
His clear lack of professionalism and desire to remain at Sunderland forced the club to terminate his contract last week but the saga will inevitably drag on with chairman Stewart Donald reportedly set to take legal advice over potentially suing both Djilobodji and Didier Ndong.
The recent events have simply served to infuriate the Sunderland supporters so there’s no doubt they will be shocked by the enthusiasm which greeted his arrival in 2016.
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