Stephane Sessegnon has told the Sunderland Echo that he still has massive respect for Sunderland, despite leaving the Stadium of Light over two years ago.
Sessegnon was with the Black Cats between 2011 and 2013, and the Benin international still has fond memories of his time on Wearside.
He is now hoping that his former side can emerge victorious in their derby clash with Newcastle United at the weekend, and has wished Sam Allardyce luck for the fixture.
“It’s good to see that Sunderland have had such a good record against Newcastle in the last few years," he said.
“I’ve got so much respect for the club, everyone knows that. I wish Sam Allardyce and the team all the best on Sunday.”
Sessegnon scored 17 times in 87 appearances for Sunderland, but left them to join West Bromwich Albion.
His time with the Baggies hasn't been quite as productive, and he has only netted six goals in 54 appearances for the Midlands outfit.
Sessegnon's Albion team were Sunderland's most recent opponents, and Tony Pulis' men picked up the three points in that fixture.
West Brom won 1-0 thanks to a Saido Berahino tap-in, and that defeat has left Sunderland propping up the Premier League table.