In January 2014, Sunderland snapped up Argentine striker Ignacio Scocco. Gus Poyet brought in the one-cap two-goal Albiceleste international from Brazilian side Internacional. According to Sky Sports the player cost Sunderland £3 million and the hope was he could continue his fine scoring form in England.
He did not. He played just eight times for the club, failed to score, and after six months, was shipped back to former club Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina.
Since then Sunderland have plummeted down the Football League and are fighting for promotion from League One this term.
However, Sunderland fans will not believe how Scocco’s career has gone since leaving the Black Cats.
Since his 2014 exit, the forward has been in good form. The peak came in 2017-18. After success with Newell’s he was signed by Argentine giants River Plate. He went on to score 22 goals in 38 games last season, including eight goals in six Copa Libertadores matches.
This season has been marginally less impressive from the 33-year-old. Just one goal in eight Libertadores ties leaves him on six goals from 14 games in all competitions.
But the 33-year-old’s fortunes have certainly been better than that of Sunderland’s since their mutual departure four years ago.
Another strange chapter from the past few seasons at Sunderland, but at least it seems they had signed a player with talent. It just appears English life and football did not suit the talented South American.