Sunderland currently have two players out on loan from the Stadium of Light. So how did they get on this weekend?
Lamine Kone – Strasbourg
The Sunderland outcast was certainly not mourned upon his exit from the Stadium of Light. After once being linked with a big money move to Everton his stock fell rapidly on Wearside.
A number of poor performances contributed to Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League. After they suffered the drop into League One, he simply had to go.
Removing his wages from the bill at Sunderland was of paramount importance.
In the end, Sunderland did find someone to take Kone off their hands. Ligue 1 side Strasbourg agreed a deal to sign Kone on loan for the season with a view to a permanent move.
This weekend he made his debut for the club and, as Sunderland fans can probably guess, was in fine form.
He was an absolute rock at the back during the clash with UNFP at the weekend. Not only was he excellent at the back, but also a threat going forward. Kone scored the second goal of the game as Strasbourg won 2-0.
Of course, Sunderland know that when Kone Wants to be he is a massive threat both defensively and offensively. Just a shame he stopped doing it for Sunderland.
Sam Brotherton – Blyth Spartans
The New Zealand international made his debut for the National League North side this weekend. It was hardly a memorable affair. His side drew 0-0 with Hereford in their opening game of the season.