In a period where turmoil has been a buzzword around the Stadium of Light, Jermain Defoe offered Sunderland light at the end of a dark tunnel.
The former England striker was prolific during this time with the club, despite their struggles.
He netted a solid 37 goals in 93 appearances for the Black Cats before joining Bournemouth in 2017.
Now 36, Defoe is strutting his stuff on loan at Rangers where he has six goals in 15 appearances.
He took time out last night, however, to cast an eye over Sunderland during their League One fixture against Burton Albion.
The veteran striker was snapped at the Stadium of Light watching Jack Ross’ team as they moved into the automatic promotion places with a 1-1 draw.
Defoe is still massively popular in the north-east.
The club’s media time snapped him in the stand and supporters took to Twitter to welcome Defoe back to his former home.
Following the photo upload, we rounded up the best tweets from Sunderland fans.
They clearly still worship Defoe at the Stadium of Light and were delighted to see him in attendance.
Sir Jermain of Sunderland!
— SAFC North Yorkshire (@SAFC_NYorkshire) April 9, 2019
— Grace (@grace_marshallx) April 9, 2019
Sub him on
— ‘ and 11 others (@McGeadySZN) April 9, 2019
He’s one of our own legend
— dylan (@dylan54862252) April 9, 2019
He resigning a secret deal no one knew about 🤓
— Adam James Cain (@adamJamescain92) April 9, 2019
I love that man me!
— Sophielf (@SophieLouisaF) April 9, 2019
Good show considering spurs are playing at home and that would be where I would expect him to be.
— Steven Cleckner (@Clecky) April 9, 2019
@RFC_XRP The Legend returns ;-)
— Gazza (@BlackCatGaz) April 9, 2019
I'm getting all emotional knowing this
— TWANGMACKEM™️ 🏴🇧🇦 (@twangmackem) April 9, 2019
come back jermaine we need you
— ⚡️TheGenuineFish⚡️(#SSNC) (@FishGenuine) April 9, 2019
Wish he was still a Sunderland player
— Stephen Stokoe (@StephenStokoe) April 10, 2019