The more I see of loan signing Yann M’Vila, the more he impresses me and in his first seven games, he’s been by far Sunderland’s best and most consistent performer.
It’s still very early in M’Vila’s Sunderland career and making snap judgements can often back-fire, but considering he’s settling into a new club in a new country, and playing in a struggling team, he couldn’t have done much more.
M’Vila arrived at the Stadium of Light with a bad-boy reputation and duly announced himself on Wearside with a red card for a headbutt in his first Under-21s game.
Thankfully, he’s kept his cool since moving up to the first-team, but you can see he has fire in his belly and the physical attributes to look after himself.
I watched him closely against West Ham, where he provided the assists for both goals, proving he has the technique and vision to go with his power and strength.
Some of Europe’s elite clubs have shown an interest in him in the past, but maybe because of his reputation, they haven’t taken that any further, which is good news for us, as he’s been one of our few bright spots among all the doom and gloom.
Sunderland’s player recruitment over recent seasons has been scratchy to say the least, but in M’Vila, they just might have come up with a quality performer who if handled right, could have a huge influence on the season.
If that’s the case, every Sunderland fan will want to see that year-long loan deal turned into a permanent one.