'Broke my heart': Sunderland fans vent frustration after M'Vila's midfield masterclass

Sunderland fans look dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light on September 13, 2015 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

Sunderland refused to sign Yann M'Vila in the summer of 2016 and then promptly spent a club-record fee on Didier Ndong.

Sunderland fans look dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light on September 13, 2015 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

Sunderland fans probably will not want reminding of all the disastrous, and expensive, recruitment decisions that have contributed heavily to the club’s current position at the bottom of England’s second tier.

But the failure to make Yann M’Vila’s loan move from Rubin Kazan permanent, and then splurge a club-record £13.6 million on Didier Ndong, surely goes down as one of the worst pieces of business in Sunderland’s recent history.

M’Vila was arguably the Black Cats’ standout performer as they avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth in the 2015/16 season. And, according to the Chronicle, the French midfielder was keen to stay on Wearside.

Yann M'Vila of Sunderland takes on Olivier Giroud of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on April 24, 2016 in Sunderland,...

Sunderland, however, bungled what would have been a brilliant deal. The report adds that they were unwilling to pay a cut-price fee for a player who was set to become a free agent in just a few months.

And, to make matters worse, they then went out and bought Ndong from Lorient. Yet to be seen during a loan spell at Watford after Sunderland failed to find a buyer in the January transfer window, it does not take a genius to work out who would have been the better signing.

Didier Ndong of Sunderland and Callum Reilly of Bury in action during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Bury and Sunderland at Gigg Lane on August 10, 2017 in Bury, England.

And footage of M’Vila’s fabulous midfield performance for St Etienne in Ligue 1 has only rubbed salt into the wounds of a fan base who became disillusioned beyond repair a long time ago.

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