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Ex-Sunderland striker Josh Maja hauled off at half-time in second Bordeaux appearance

(Photo credit: NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images)

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Ex-Sunderland striker Josh Maja hauled off at half-time in second Bordeaux appearance

Josh Maja was playing his second game since sealing a move to Bordeaux.

In January, Sunderland were forced into selling one of their prize assets in young striker Josh Maja.

The 20-year-old had scored 15 goals in League One to fire Sunderland into contention for automatic promotion.

But with his contract expiring in the summer, Sunderland’s hands were tied. Maja wanted out and Bordeaux came calling.

The youngster completed a permanent move to France, where he joined Bordeaux in their Ligue 1 campaign.

But so far, things have not quite gone to plan for the London-born forward.

 

Last week, Maja was handed his debut in Bordeaux’s 2-1 win over Toulouse but he failed to get on the score sheet.

(Photo credit: NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images)

And in his second game last night, Maja was withdrawn at half-time and replaced by one-time Cardiff City flop Andreas Cornelius with Bordeaux struggling against Guingamp.

The game ended 0-0 and Maja was unable to convince his new fans that he deserves a starting run in the team as the main striker.

According to Who Scored, Maja managed just one shot and it was off target. Moreover, he was only able to take 24 touches in the whole of the first-half.

There is no doubting that the young Englishman has a lot of potential and he could go on to make a name for himself in France.

But leaving Sunderland when he was the star man seemed a short-sighted decision and is already showing signs that it may backfire.

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NCTJ-qualified sports journalist with a passion for playing and writing about football.

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