Player ratings: How have Sunderland’s 10 summer signings performed so far?

Didier Ndong is the pick of the summer signings. Picture by FRANK REID
Didier Ndong is the pick of the summer signings. Picture by FRANK REID
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The Sunderland squad underwent major surgery in the summer with 10 new faces coming to Wearside.

Their arrival, though, is yet to result in an upturn in fortunes for the Black Cats with David Moyes still to oversee a Premier League win.

Sunderland need to see more of Didier Ndong’s attacking threat


Eight games into the 2016-17 campaign, bottom-of-the-table Sunderland are already four points adrift of safety.

But how have the new players done since arriving at the Stadium of Light?

Mika; goalkeeper, 5/10

With Vito Mannone ruled out with an elbow injury suffered in training, Sunderland desperately needed to add another stopper to provide cover and competition for Jordan Pickford.

Portuguese keeper Mika arrived on a two-year deal after FIFA allowed the move beyond deadline day.

The 25-year-old has only featured once thanks to Pickford’s stunning form. He played against Hartlepool United in the Checkatrade Trophy, with little to do it proved a comfortable evening.

Javier Manquillo; right-back, 5/10

The 22-year-old has made six appearances since arriving on season-long loan from Atletico Madrid. Not shy to get forward but defensively there is room for much improvement.

Positioning, at times, has been suspect. Perhaps wing-back is best suited to his natural game.

Injuries prevented Moyes playing that system at Stoke.

Donald Love; defender, 5/10

The 21-year-old right-back, also comfortable in midfield, joined from Manchester United along with Paddy McNair for a combined fee of £5.5million.

Love was thrown in at the deep end against Manchester City for his full debut, struggling to contain City’s attacking threat.

He has made six appearances, including scoring the winner against Hartlepool United and has been booked once.

Yet to make an impression on fans.

Paddy McNair: defender/midfielder, 5/10

The 21-year-old endured a nightmare start with an own goal on his debut against City.

The Northern Ireland international did score twice in the EFL Cup win over QPR, though, and has made eight appearances in total.

That aside, McNair has struggled in central midfield, with Sunderland’s middle unit lightweight against Stoke.

Moyes had to throw him and Love in earlier than he would have liked. Big improvement needed.

Papy Djilobodji; centre-back, 5/10

Came with a big price tag, Sunderland splashing £8million on the former Chelsea defender.

Djilobodji has looked suspect in central defence, with question marks over his concentration and positioning.

At fault for goals against Tottenham Hotspur and Everton. He was dropped for the West Brom draw but returned at Stoke due to Lamine Kone’s injury.

There were flickers of improvement against Stoke, with some key blocks. Much more of that is needed to win over the Wearside faithful.

Jason Denayer: defender, 6/10

The pick of the defensive signings. The versatile defender, who can play full-back and centre-back joined from Manchester City on a season-long loan.

So far he has made four appearances, including three starts.

Struggled at Tottenham Hotspur against Son Heung-min after being drafted into the side late on after Patrick van Aanholt’s heart scare.

But has looked steady aside from that.

Didier Ndong: midfielder, 7/10

Signed on deadline day for a club record £13.6million fee from Lorient. Hasn’t lived up to that price tag yet but has been the pick of the summer signings, Stoke aside.

He was poor at the bet365 Stadium, gifting away possession. Sunderland need to see more of his attacking threat, with the team lacking goals and creativity.

Only 22, bags of potential.

Steven Pienaar; midfielder, 6/10

The veteran midfielder does something few of Sunderland’s midfielders seem able to achieve; keep possession.

The 34-year-old has suffered a couple of niggling injuries since arriving and he won’t play every week. But with such a young squad, his experience is important.

Adnan Januzaj; winger, 5/10

The arrival of the Manchester United winger on loan was a real coup. So far, he has not lived up to the billing.

The Belgium international scored a stunning goal to beat Shrewsbury Town in the EFL Cup but much more is needed from him when he returns from injury, if Sunderland are to turn their season around.

Victor Anichebe; striker, 5/10

Two sub appearances totalling 13 minutes are the sum total of Anichebe’s contribution to the cause this season.

In fairness to the 28-year-old, Sunderland didn’t sign him until after deadline day, which meant he missed the entire pre-season after being released by West Bromwich Albion.

Getting him match fit is essential to give Moyes more attacking options. Anichebe has never been prolific but can be a handful on his day.