It has been a summer of change for Sunderland. New owners, new management and new players. The club have been trying to shake off the big wages of players who were with the club in the Premier League, but couldn’t stop a slide to League One. One of those players was Wahbi Khazri.
The forward joined Sunderland in January 2016 from Bordeaux. The dead-ball specialist impressed during his first six months at the club, helping Sunderland to Premier League survival.
However, he was not a regular as Sunderland were relegated and spent last year on loan at Stade Rennais.
After an excellent loan spell and impressive international form with Tunisia, Khazri earned a move this summer. He joined Saint-Etienne in a deal which could rise to £9 million.
It is excellent business for Sunderland, who needed the money and his wages off the books. But yesterday he reminded everyone just how good he can be. Khazri scored on his debut for Les Verts and it was a stunner. He volleyed home a first-time shot in acrobatic fashion as his new side won 2-1 v Guingamp. It was a tremendous finish, again highlighting the ability Khazri obviously possesses.
Sunderland fans will be watching on remembering just how good Khazri can be on his day. But this is a new era for the Black Cats, one where a player like Khazri would not fit in.
Hopefully, some of Sunderland’s current crop can start scoring similarly spectacular goals in their hunt for League One success.