Sunderland fans would have been left feeling nostalgic yesterday as a player they sold last January took his form to another level in France.
Whilst the Black Cats are struggling in 11th place and without a win in six games under Phil Parkinson, the striker who looked set to fire them to promotion last season is on fire in France.
Josh Maja scored a hat-trick as Bordeaux thrashed Nimes 6-0 in Ligue 1 last night. As reported by the Daily Mail, Sunderland sold the striker to the French side last January for £3.5 million as his contract was expiring in the summer. Maja had previously scored 16 goals for the club in the first half of the season and still ended the campaign as the club’s top-scorer.
His hat-trick yesterday took his tally to six goals in 15 games this campaign, and helped Bordeaux move to third in the table.
It is not just the Sunderland fans who noticed Maja’s heroics. Former Sunderland striker Stephen Elliott tweeted on the issue.
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) December 3, 2019
The former Republic of Ireland international, who spent three years on Wearside, took to Twitter last night, responding to Bordeaux’s own tweet thanking Sunderland for the striker.
Sunderland are currently struggling and the player brought in to score goals after Maja left, Will Grigg, has managed just three goals this season.
Whilst Sunderland did not appear to have much of a choice when it came to Maja’s contract situation, not ensuring he was tied down on a longer deal now looks a big error in hindsight.