Charles N'Zogbia captains Sunderland v Hartlepool, report suggests permanent deal unlikely

Aston Villa's Charles N'Zogbia (L) in action against Sunderland's David Vaughan

The former Aston Villa winger does not however look to be impressing the Sunderland hierarchy.

Aston Villa's Charles N'Zogbia (L) in action against Sunderland's David VaughanCharles N'Zogbia (L) in action against Sunderland

Sunderland played their first pre-season game yesterday, defeating Hartlepool 3-0 at Victoria Park.

Two goals from Jermain Defoe sandwiched a Wahbi Khazri finish as Sunderland cruised to a victory to get their summer started – in a game overshadowed by Sam Allardyce’s impending appointment as the new England manager.

It was also a game that saw wholesale changes in the second-half – with plenty of the club’s young talents getting an opportunity to shine.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceNext England manager Sam Allardyce

But the captain in the second-half is certainly more experienced. Trialist Charles N’Zogbia, released by Aston Villa in the summer, was handed the captain’s armband as the most experienced player on the pitch.

Aston Villa's Charles N'Zogbia in action with Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and Alexis SanchezCharles N'Zogbia in action with Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez

Villa fans, who became increasingly frustrated at the Frenchman, will wonder how he ended up wearing the armband for Sunderland last night.

However, despite being handed the armband, it would appear that N’Zogbia may not have done enough to earn himself a deal at the Stadium of Light.

Aston Villa's Charles N'Zogbia (R) in action with Newcastle's Jack ColbackCharles N'Zogbia (R) in action with Newcastle's Jack Colback

The Sunderland Echo reports that he played fairly poor in his appearance and that it looks unlikely he will be handed a contract from Sunderland – despite the fact the club are on the verge of a managerial change.

It will certainly be interesting to see just where N’Zogbia does turn up this summer.

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