As almost all Sunderland fans must surely be aware, Stephane Sessegnon has not been the same miniature magician we have gotten used to, in the opening few weeks of the new season he has been rather reserved. There have been a number of theories as to why this may have been the case, the most logical and prominent being his lack of a pre-season. As the weeks wore on however and another 90 minutes and another game passed by with Sunderland's main creative outlet still being largely anonymous the critics were still there for all to see.
Against Arsenal (maybe to be expected) he rarely got on the ball, and when he was on the ball he struggled to hold onto it. Against Swansea, Liverpool and West Ham it was the same story, his first touch seemed off, he didn't appear to be showing for the ball, he look jaded. Then came this weekend and the visit of Wigan Athletic, Sessegnon looked himself again. He picked up the ball all over the pitch, constantly finding little pockets of space in Wigan's midfield. This could well have been down to Sunderland having far more of the ball than in previous games this season but to me his general aura seemed different, he seemed to have his head up a lot more, constantly picking the ball and playing a ball out wide to McClean or Johnson to run onto. Now by no means am I saying he is back to his best, he still has a way to go, but this game definitely showed signs of what the brilliant Stephane Sessegnon is capable of offering a Sunderland side. One third of a potentially deadly three-pronged midfield cavalry of McClean, Sessegnon and Johnson which could and should be providing the prolific Stephen Fletcher with enough chances to continue banging them in.
All in all, a fully fit, on song Stephane Sessegnon is a huge creative outlet to an already defensively solid Sunderland side. If he finds the form which made him such a huge fan favourite since his arrival it could be a very good season for Martin O'Neill's men. Here's hoping. Ha'way the lads!