April 19, 2024

Sunderland fans have plenty to talk about following Friday night’s Championship defeat to Hull City. One of the topics discussed is prospective new signings.

Sunderland hosted Hull City at the Stadium of Light last night.

And it should have been an intriguing encounter between two play-off contenders. However, both entered this game in low shape and played some of the worst minutes of football we’ve seen all season.

There were only five shots on goal over the 90 minutes (Sofascore), with Fabio Carvalho’s winner needing a deflection to get past Anthony Patterson.

The defeat has increased the pressure on Michael Beale, whose biggest criticism appears to be his negative and hesitant playing style.

The team did not cover themselves in glory either, but Sunderland fans are currently depressed, and Beale is the face of the atmosphere.

Sunderland fans see potential new recruits at the Hull City game.

Another less unpleasant topic from yesterday night’s game was social media rumor that two new signings were in attendance against Hull City.

Several sources shared images of what seemed to be two people wearing Sunderland shirts and being photographed on the pitch before the game.

More then claimed that one of the people in discussion was former Black Cats loan star Yann M’Vila, who has this week been connected with a surprise return to Wearside.

And after the game, Beale was questioned about the M’Vila links, to which he responded briefly:

“Yann M’Vila?” It’s nothing I’ve mentioned at home.”

M’Vila, 33, spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Sunderland from Rubin Kazan and is now a free agent after being released by Olympiacos last summer.


Yann M'Vila - Player profile | Transfermarkt


Speculation is simply that, but we hope that additional signings are coming shortly.

It’s difficult to discern from social media images whether these two players on the pitch were new signings or something else entirely.

And Beale’s statements about M’Vila may be interpreted in one of two ways: either he was directed to keep the transfer quiet, or he had no knowledge of the M’Vila connections.

In any case, it is an intriguing prospective signing for the Black Cats, and the return of a former fan favourite would undoubtedly help to improve what is currently a very sour atmosphere among the supporters.

Next up is a home game against Stoke City next weekend; another defeat in front of the Sunderland fans would put a lot of pressure on 43-year-old Beale.

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