Lee Johnson’s men defeated Accrington Stanley in League One last night with goals from Charlie Wyke and half-time debutant Stewart securing a 2-0 win at The Wham Stadium.
Here, we take a look at the best, worst and most memorable Sunderland debuts in recent times.
Does anyone remember Milton Nunez's disaster against AFC Wimbledon or Michael Chopra’s winner against Tottenham?
Or how about Rade Prica’s goal-scoring Premier League debut against Birmingham City?
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5. Arnau Riera against Southend (2006)
The ex-Barcelona man and made his debut in the 3-1 defeat to Southend United but was sent off just three minutes into the following match, a League Cup match against Bury which Sunderland lost 2–0 at Gigg Lane. And although he was on Sunderland's books for three more years, he never played for the Black Cats again.
Photo: Clive Brunskill
6. Stephane Sessegnon against Chelsea (2011)
The attacker signed a three-and-a-half-year contract at Sunderland and the transfer fee was priced at £6 million. And he played his part in a memorable 4-2 loss against Chelsea, giving Ashley Cole some problems.
Photo: Robert Cianflone
7. Liam Bridcutt against Newcastle United (2014)
A deadline day signing, Liam Bridcutt patrolled in front of the defence on his debut for Gus Poyet's men during a 3-0 win at St James's Park back in 2014.
Photo: Chris Brunskill
8. Milton Nunez against Wimbledon (2000)
Milton Nunez stayed in England but played just once for Sunderland against Wimbledon in the league and Luton Town in the League Cup with both outings proving very forgettable.
Photo: MEREDITH DAVENPORT