Stagnating Sunderland are stuck in the past

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Lee Congerton has done little to inspire since his arrival, and the fact Fabio Borini is back in their sights only underlines the issues at the club

So what does Fabio Borini's likely return to Sunderland tell us? Well in a nut-shell, that they have not progressed or move on in the last two-years.

Lee Congerton was appointed in March 2014 by American owner Ellis Short with the promise of leading a bright new dawn on the banks of the Wear...yet nearly 18 months on, who is he offering up to coach Dick Advocaat to make sure they are not dragged back into a relegation campaign - yes Fabio Borini, who was first brought to the club by Congerton's predecessors the summer before. (Reports via The Guardian)

Yes Borini was very good in his first spell, there is no doubting that - seven goals and a league cup final appearance do not even do him justice, you could argue the fact he even helped get the best out of Connor Wickham was one of his most remarkable feats of his stay on Wearside.

But despite this and a £14million fee being agreed, Borini rejected a permanent move to Sunderland, instead opting for the Anfield wilderness yet again.

Now - after a summer of failings and a basic inability to get their top targets, Sunderland have seemingly tripped over their whiteboard from 2013, and whose name was on the top, yes Fabio Borini.

Is it a kneejerk reaction to a pitiful opening day loss at Leicester City or capitulation to Norwich City? It is hard to imagine it being anything other than that - but why isn't Congerton providing better - surely the 40,000 plus fans who turned up last weekend deserve so much more,

But despite the negativity, yes Sunderland would still be getting a very good player, and one who knows the area and will seemingly be able to settle straight away which is sometimes an issue with any player moving to the North East - although tell that to their arch-rivals Newcastle who have persuaded the likes of Wijnaldum, Mitrovic and Thauvin all to do just that.

And as alluded to at the very beginning, this all demonstrates and proves that Sunderland have not progressed in any way since he left, they are still favourites for relegation and they look in as bad a shape as they have done for many, many years - emphasising just how little they have moved on since messrs Congerton and Short arrived, but then again - we knew that already didn't we?

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