But those who did see the former Marseille defender make a rare appearance in the red and white stripes were left raving about a player who, at the time, looked a potentially inspired addition to Jack Ross’ squad.
12 months ago, Andonian arrived at Sunderland on trial, hoping to earn a contract with the Black Cats. And after a stand-out performance for the U23s against West Bromwich Albion, it seemed only a matter of time before the Armenian international was offered a deal.
So what happened next certainly didn’t go down well. As reported by The Chronicle, manager Jack Ross admitted that the Black Cats couldn’t sign the free agent while they still had Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong hoovering up vital funds with their massive wages.
So Ross was denied the chance to work with a player who a certain Marcelo Bielsa expressed ‘respect and admiration’ for during that thrilling 2014/15 season at Marseille (Foot Marseille).
But where is Andonian now, one year on? Well, he’s one division higher than Sunderland, having ended his long spell without a club by joining Ligue 2 outfit AC Ajaccio in July.
Three months later, however, a prolonged shoulder injury means Andonian is yet to make his Ajaccio debut. He hasn’t played single professional game since he arrived on Wearside a year ago.
Have something to tell us about this article?