Sunderland fans likely enjoyed the result of Papy Djilobodji’s return to football at the weekend. He came on to a firestorm against PSG with new side Guingamp. In the 17 minutes he was on the pitch, his new side shipped three goals in an eventual 9-0 humiliation.
The Senegalese defender is hardly popular around the Stadium of Light. His contract was terminated in September. The £8 million signing from Chelsea was effectively sacked by Sunderland after returning late for pre-season training and ‘comprehensively’ failing the club’s fitness tests – as reported by the BBC.
Sunderland fans were not disappointed to see him go. Along with fellow Guingamp newbie and Sunderland slacker Didier Ndong, he embodied everything that has led the Black Cats to League One football, in the eyes of Sunderland fans.
But now, he is the hero at his new club.
Guingamp were in Coupe de la Ligue action last night. They faced Nancy and, despite taking a 1-0 lead, were eventually drawn into extra time by the hosts.
At which point Djilobodji saved the day. He rose up to score a towering header in the 102nd minute to secure Guingamp’s progress.
His 120-minute shift contained more effort than Sunderland witnessed in his sorry 24 appearances for the club.
Just why he couldn’t do the same for Sunderland is anybody’s guess.