Sunderland fans would have been watching England’s World Cup opener on Monday night from a very odd perspective.
While obviously cheering on Gareth Southgate’s merry men, the Black Cats faithful could be forgiven for hoping Wahbi Khazri knocked in a consolation at the other end. After all, the Black Cats are hoping to sell the Tunisian talisman this summer and a couple of eye-catching performances in Russia will only increase his market value.
Perhaps unfortunately for Sunderland, then, Khazri was far from influential as England snatched a dramatic late win thanks to a Harry Kane header with minutes remaining. He was on the periphery throughout, outshone by a number of his less vaunted Tunisian team-mates.
So it is unlikely that anyone would be willing to pay big for Khazri on this evidence. So Sunderland supporters will be praying that their Stadium of Light outcast can replicate the form he showed at Rennes during a loan spell last season in the final two group games against Belgium and Panama.
Khazri, who cost £9 million but was oddly omitted by David Moyes during Sunderland’s Premier League relegation season, scored nine goals in 23 Ligue 1 starts in 2017/18.
Sunderland, and Tunisia, need him to find that spark again.
Not good enough according to Moyes the big whopper— Michael Carter (@Flashbarmike) June 19, 2018
What?! Tunisia are awful, Khazri their star player and he couldn't get his game in one the worst #safc teams. Not exactly top class players.— Duncan Goodfellow (@dpaulgoodfellow) June 18, 2018
I see Whabi Khazri is still a solid give you 100% work horse #SAFC— Jonny McFadden (@jonnymcfadden) June 18, 2018
Feel like every corner Tunisia get we’re clicking a little extra on Khazri #SAFC— Bradley Hudson (@bradsafc1093) June 18, 2018
You played well for Tunisia and played absolutely crap for Sunderland— Andy Lazenby (@lazenby_andy) June 19, 2018
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