Di Canio, Sessegnon and the method behind the madness

Several Sunderland fans will question the logic in letting Stephane Sessegnon leave the club if he completes a deal to join West Brom.

Stephane Sessegnon hasn’t exactly had a blinder since he moved to the Premier League with Sunderland but he’s a far better player than his 17 Premier League goals over three seasons suggest.

The arrival of Fabio Borini on loan from Liverpool means that if a deal can be agreed Sessegnon will almost certainly be leaving the club before the transfer deadline this evening.

Sunderland do have several attacking options in the form of Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham and Jozy Altidore but none from that trio of players has the pace and impact play of the 29-year-old.

He’s a very versatile forward who can play on the shoulder of a defence as a number nine or in the number ten role, connecting the midfield with the attack.

The desire to see him leave the club by Paolo Di Canio is much more likely to do with problems away from the pitch rather than the Italian not seeing Sessegnon as a key member of first team plans.

Di Canio always maintained when he first came to Sunderland that players who did the right things and worked hard would be rewarded with game time and chances while those who got into trouble, drawing bad light over the club would be punished.

Sessegnon was arrested and charged with a drink-driving offence last Tuesday night following Sunderland’s 4-2 League Cup win over League One side the MK Dons.

With Sessegnon not in that squad, Di Canio may have been looking for a positive reaction from the forward rather than the one he ultimately got which has seen him cast aside by the boss.

Plenty of people have criticised Di Canio for the way he goes about his job as coach of a side but one thing is for sure, fall out of his good books and make no effort to get back into them and you’re pretty much done as far as any side he manages is concerned.

It’s likely Di Canio has stepped back and looked at the situation, weighed up Sessegnon’s attitude against his age and made a decision that he’s not who he wants as he tries to move Sunderland in a new direction.

He’s made two Premier League appearances so far this season and while he may be the quickest or most agile forward that Sunderland have, the boss has obviously seen something that he doesn’t like.

Sessegnon hasn’t reacted to the way he’s been handled this season in the right way and that can be the only conceivable reason the club is prepared to let him go to West Brom over putting up a fight to keep him.

Why do you think Di Canio is happy to let him go?

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