It has been said many times that it was Sam Allardyce’s January transfer signings of Kone, Kirchhoff and Khazri that were the catalyst to Sunderland’s successful relegation battle last season and I certainly don’t disagree with that.
Kone and Kirchhoff, when fit, have been in David Moyes’ side this season, but it has been a different story for Khazri, who has played just a bit-part, starting just one league game under Moyes.
That has got to be seen as a waste as Sunderland are in no position to be without one of their most creative talents, especially now with the injuries to Borini and Januzaj.
My favourite goal of last season came from Khazri and the brilliant win over Chelsea, when he scored a waist-high volley that got me out of my seat and was all about technique and ability and there are not many players capable of scoring a goal like that.
After the game against West Brom, were I thought he did well, he said he preferred that number 10 role just behind Jermain Defoe and I think that would get the best out of him.
It would also give more support to Defoe, who so often this season has been isolated
Khazri has had a disappointing start to the new campaign, in terms of lack of minutes on the pitch, but he has got to make up for lost time now as Sunderland need to get the best out of a player who was so important and influential to the team last season.