Ex-Sunderland talent Josh Maja started for Bordeaux on Wednesday night.
Sunderland sold Josh Maja to French side Bordeaux in January – and the striker endured a difficult evening last night.
Maja, 20, had emerged as a top talent with the Black Cats this season, smashing 15 goals in 25 League One games for Sunderland.
However, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Sunderland were essentially forced into a sale in the January transfer window, in order to still get considerable money for the forward.
Despite links to English and Scottish clubs, Maja ended up choosing a surprise move to Bordeaux, heading over to France to try and make an impact for Ricardo Gomes’ side.
Maja made a first appearance for Bordeaux on Sunday, starting in the win over Toulouse, though he couldn’t find the net and was substituted in favour of Andreas Cornelius on 67 minutes.
That change happened again in last night’s game against Guingamp, but it came much earlier as Maja was hauled off at half time by Gomes for Cornelius – though it had no impact in a 0-0 draw.
Local newspaper Sud Ouest rated Maja as a 5/10 for his 45 minute appearance, though some Bordeaux fans on Twitter have slated Gomes, suggesting that Maja was far from the worst player on the pitch.
Maja’s move to France will be full of ups and downs, and twists and turns, but he will have to show great mental strength after being dragged off so early into just his second start for his new club.