STEPHANE Sessegnon will be the name on everyone’s lips when he we go to the Hawthorns this weekend.
Signed by West Brom on the last day of the transfer window, the Baggies £6m record signing could make his debut against his former club and will no doubt be strongly motivated to put one over us.
Sessegnon didn’t feature in West Brom’s game against Fulham last Saturday because of work permit issues.
But those are now resolved and you can bet he will play a part in the Baggies game against Sunderland this weekend.
I view Sessegnon’s time on Wearside as a case of a talent unfulfilled. His potential was never fully realised and his performances were too often inconsistent.
At his best, he could torment any defence and he was one of the few players around who could get you out of your seat with a piece of magic.
But for every positive with Sess, there seemed to be a negative.
Always a moody player, at times he could look genuinely uninterested and as a result would be just on the fringes of the game when you felt with a bit more determination he could have a real influence.
The two games he played for us this season, against Fulham and Southampton, were typical examples of that kind of performance.
He looked sluggish and out of sorts and who knows, even then he may have had a move on his mind.
It’s so frustrating because Sessegnon could have achieved so much more and I fail to see what West Brom can offer him that Sunderland can’t.
One of his best moments for Sunderland would have to be as part of the team that beat Newcastle United 3-0 last season, where of course he scored the so-important first goal.
His all-round performance was very good in that game too and just showed what he was capable of when he was in the mood.
So, as a player facing his former club this weekend, he will have incentive and motivation and that’s when players like Stephane Sessegnon are dangerous.
Sunderland’s players and staff will know how good he can be on his day and I’m sure will be working on a plan to keep him quiet.
Sessegnon himself will also know the strengths and weaknesses of Sunderland’s defenders and will almost certainly have plans of his own.
It’s sure to be a fascinating sub-plot to Saturday’s game and could have a major influence on the eventual outcome.
Sunderland fans will be talking about Sessegnon all the way down to the Baggies, let’s hope he’s not the centre of attention for the wrong reasons on the way back!