The Algerian international's combination of a poor goalscoring record and perceived attitude problems hardly makes him an ideal fit for Sunderland.
Perhaps, if Sunderland spent their funds intelligently rather than splurging huge fees on unproven, often unknown imports, they wouldn’t find themselves in this recurrent mess season upon season.
David Moyes may have lamented the lack of funds available to him at the Stadium of Light but put yourself in Doug Ellis’ shoes. Would you sign off more blank cheques after your manager had spent many of your hard-earned millions on Papy Djilobodji, Paddy McNair and Didier N’Dong? Yet, according to Calciomercato, The Black Cats rather questionable investment could well continue into next season.
The publication claims that Ishak Belfodil, the Standard Liege striker whose mooted move to Everton in January collapsed at the eleventh hour amid confusion from all sides, is still on Sunderland’s radar after they had monitored his progress in the early part of the season.
That alone should be enough to suggest that the deal may be more trouble than its worth. The Guardian reported that Everton had agreed a rather hefty £10.4 million deal for Belfodil though the Liverpool Echo claimed that Ronald Koeman eventually turned his back on the deal due to concerns over the striker’s attitude.
And that’s without mentioning the varying and often contradictory comments made by a number of ‘representatives’ supposedly involved in the deal.
If that’s not enough to perhaps convince Sunderland that they’re better off conducting their business elsewhere, the fact that Belfodil, the former Lyon and Inter forward, has mustered a grand total of 18 goals in 119 European league games doesn’t exactly suggest he’s the signing that could drag them away from the bottom third of the table.