Photos: Sunderland newbie Yann M'Vila makes first appearance for club, gets sent off for headbutt

Yann M'Vila

The combustible Frenchman lived up to his reputation against Norwich under-21s today.

Sunderland got their season off to a woeful start this weekend after being thrashed 4-2 by Leicester City.

Poor performances from summer signings Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Coates probably did not help matters.

Jack Rodwell and Lee Cattermole were not much better in the heart of midfield, so Sunderland fans will be excited to finally see Frenchman Yann M’Vila in action.

He arrived from Rubin Kazan on loan recently but is currently fighting for first-team fitness. With that in mind he featured for Sunderland for the first time today – as the under-21s took on their Norwich City counterparts earlier today.

He certainly made, excuse the pun, an impact.

The midfield maestro, who has something of a reputation for trouble making, set up a goal and bossed the midfield in the game. However, one Norwich teenager must have said something to get his temperature rising. M’Vila, not one to bottle up his emotions, decided to respond by headbutting him and getting a red card in his first Sunderland appearance.

The red card should not see him suspended for the first-team, although the FA could slap a ban on him.

The talented player with an infamous temper is certainly not going to be boring at the Stadium of Light.

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