Of Paolo Di Canio’s summer signings, signings which he now claims were not his responsibility; one that appears to have come reasonably good is Czech defender Ondrej Celustka.
The 24-year-old was snapped up by The Black Cats in August on a season-long loan deal from Turkish outfit Trabzonspor - to provide strength in an area in which they have been weak for several seasons now.
The right-back has now gone on to play in 12 games for the club since his arrival - and has kept his place in the team under Gus Poyet.
His decent form and recent Premier League move has seen him earn his first ever call-up to the Czech Republic national team this week - for the game against Canada last night.
The player was even handed a start at left-back to make his full debut, and the excellent week did not stop there.
Because he scored!
On debut, Celustka pulled off a fantastic swivelling header from a Ladislav Krejci free-kick to give an experimental Czech side the lead after just three minutes.
They went on to win the game 2-0, after Tomas Horava added to the scoring in the final ten minutes.
Celustka, who had not scored a goal since he scored for Trabzonspor against Ankaragucu in October 2011, was obviously delighted with the goal - and will hope to find his first for Sunderland in due course.
Here is the goal…
image: © Piotr Drabik