M’Villain of the piece: (2) ‘Yann’s useful, not so good I care’

Paul Summerside hoping for calmer waters - and a new man on the bridge
Paul Summerside absents himself from the M’Vila love-in

It is always refreshing to hear a different view on a current hot topic. Paul Summerside intended this as a comment at our Facebook pages¬†after Monsieur Salut’s piece was published (see this link) but it deserves an outing here, too …

First of all let’s talk about the player as an asset to our club.

Based on a consistent end to last season, Yann M’Vila has somehow managed to propel himself into folklore among a section of Sunderland fans. I thought him to be a useful asset, especially when you consider our injury crisis. There’s no doubt he is a strong-tackling grafter.

But goals, key passes and assists … don’t remember many of those.

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No Graham or Buckley alongside David De Gea, Odemwingie, Robinho in transfer deadline shockers

Jake: 'in time, Jan ...'
Jake: ‘in time, Jan …’

With Jan Kirchhoff (Bayern Munich), Dame N’Doye (Trabzonspor), Lamine Kone (Lorient) and the “unattached” Steve Harper in, Wabi Kahzri‘s concluded deal from Bordeaux awaited and the exit door shown to Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United), Will Buckley (Birmingham City), Charis Mavrias (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) and Sebastian Coates (Sporting Lisbon) all loans – plus Costel Pantilimon off permanently (Watford) Big Sam has been busy.

Sadly, none off those ushered out will be greatly missed – all tried and all, with the exception of Pants frequently and Coates sometimes, failed – and we have yet to see whether the squad available to Allardyce when the deadline arrives at 11pm GMT on Monday will be good enough to keep us up.

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