Josh Maja's transfer to Bordeaux was confirmed yesterday, what a perfect opportuntiy to debut our new Fan Panel - the WAWFP! If you're interested in joining in, just click here or send us a message on Twitter or Facebook.
We started off with a simple poll around the fee we have received for Maja. The total fee is said to be £3.5m, with £1.5m up front - though the waters are a bit muddy given we still owe Bordeaux some coin from the Wahbi Khazri transfer.
However, our panel was very split. We ask whether the fee was higher than expected, lower than expected or just right and each option got some backing. So, for a more conclusive result - we'll put it to you lot too. Don't forget to vote in our poll at the bottom.
We followed up the poll with a couple of questions;
How do you expect Maja's career at Bordeaux to pan out?
This was an interesting question and opinions were varied from our panel. We've included a couple of quotes below from Mark and Staffan which are the opposites of each other. Personally I think Maja is good enough to do well in the French league and, given the quality and pace of it, I think he'll progress really well. It could be a really good career move for him, if he gets a fair crack in the first team.
He will struggle to break into their team intially but I expect him to push on. Not a hard league. - Mark
I think that Josh will have problems adapting and if the manager sees him as an investment for the future it will be even tougher - I think he has made a HUGE mistake. - Staffan
What are your overall thoughts on Maja leaving and the impact that has on our season?
All of our panel agreed that signing a quality forward is imperative to Sunderland achieving automatic promotion, which I think is difficult to argue against. Charlie Wyke doesn't have enough goals in him and, with our wide players also struggling to regularly find the net, we've relied heavily on Maja to score.
It is what it is, players move on all the time and you have to adapt and move on. - Matt
He needs replacing with the kind of player who has consistently scored in this league, who knows what it takes to be promoted, and Will Grigg ticks those boxes. We'll need another forward to go with him, but Grigg for me could be the difference between automatic promotion and slugging it out in the dreaded play-offs. - Matt
Hope you enjoyed this new feature which will be about a lot more often. We want to grow the WAWFP to accumulate a stretch of opinions about Sunderland, so if you want to join in just click here or send us a message on Twitter or Facebook.