Out of Absolutely Nowhere Sunderland Make First Signing of the Summer

Hours after finishing pre-season with a respectable 1-1 draw against Dortmund, Sunderland announce their first signing of the summer. It is a name and timing from absolutely nowhere. Chelsea's Papy Djilobodji arrives after an £8 million fee was agreed with the London side.

by GMac88 Sunday, 07 August 2016 08:49 PM Comments
Hours after finishing pre-season with a respectable 1-1 draw against Dortmund, Sunderland announce their first signing of the summer. It is a name and timing from absolutely nowhere. Chelsea's Papy Djilobodji arrives after an £8 million fee was agreed with the London side.
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Sunderland were heavily linked with the Senegalese centre back a year ago this month before he was snapped up by then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The former Nantes man struggled to break into the first team squad at Stamford Bridge, being limited to a solitary and very brief cup appearance before being shipped out on loan to German side Werder Bremen.

In Germany he enjoyed a much more productive spell with his immediate impact to be helping Bremen pick up three wins, losing just once, in his first six appearances. According to Squawka, whilst Djilobodji was at the club, no other player averaged a better aerial win percentage, number of clearances and number of interceptions per game.

The 27 year old comes with his fair share of controversy. His disciplinary record in Germany was already questionable, picking up six yellows in the fourteen matches he played. Maybe we need to check out some free betting online for odds on continuing this poor disciplinary record! That may well have been sixteen games, but for the defender to cause a bit of an uproar with a 'cut-throat' hand gesture towards to an opposition player in a game against Mainz. He was handed a retrospective two game ban.

Let's be honest, we would have welcomed any signing given how desperately small our squad is. £8 million means that Chelsea make a healthy profit on their initial £3 million outlay, but in today's market it does not represent an enormous risk for a player who may well find himself playing third-choice centre back behind Lamine Kone and Younes Kaboul.
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