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Sunderland fans react on Twitter to Ola Toivonen performance


Sunderland fans react on Twitter to Ola Toivonen performance

The Swede had a terrible loan spell at the club in 2015-16.

Sweden nearly caused a huge upset in the World Cup last night. After being 1-0 up against reigning champions Germany they looked set to be earning a draw after Marco Reus equalised. But Toni Kroos’ excellently converted free-kick saved the Germans.

However, the main talking point from the game among Sunderland fans on Twitter was the scorer of Sweden’s goal. Ola Toivonen was the man who got the ball rolling for the Swedes.

He latched onto a pass from Viktor Claesson, controlling expertly with his chest, before lifting a sumptuous lob over Manuel Neuer.

It was a goal of extraordinary talent and ability from the attacking midfielder. Both of those traits were rarely on show during Toivonen’s time at the Stadium of Light.

Signed by his former PSV Eindhoven manager Dick Advocaat on loan from Rennes in 2015 he struggled for any form on Wearside. Often playing in a deeper role than the one he occupied v Germany, Sunderland rarely saw any quality from the Swede.

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

In 14 games for Sunderland, Toivonen managed the one goal. His performances were forgettable and fans were left extremely disappointed by his displays in red-and-white.

As reported by the Shields Gazette at the time his performances were so bad Sunderland wanted to cancel his loan, but parent club Rennes refused to have him back.

He was barely seen after Advocaat got the sack and Sam Allardyce arrived. But many Sunderland fans would place him among the worst to play for the club in recent memory. Considering their back-to-back relegation status, that is no mean feat.

But it seems, when playing for Sweden and in his best position, you get an entirely different version of the Sunderland flop…


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