Mobido Diakite's summer move to Sunderland was a mistake, according to the player's agent.
The French centre-back moved to Wearside on a free transfer during Paolo Di Canio's 'revolution', but found games tough to come by and made a sharp exit last month, joining Serie A side Fiorentina on loan.
The player's agent, quoted in the Sunderland Echo, is hoping it's a move that leads to a permanent switch away from Sunderland. He said:
Modibo has a great desire to get back to the Italian league with an important team.
We are happy, he has five months to get his games and prove his worth and show that he is a major player.
He left Lazio and it's not gone in the best way, that is true.
Sometimes in life you make choices which with the benefit of hindsight, you would not do.
I'm pretty sure that Sunderland feel similarly about signing Diakite. He failed to add anything to the squad really, and from the second Gus Poyet arrived he always looked pretty surplus to requirements due to his lack of comfort on the ball. Indeed, by the time he left he was the Uruguayan's sixth choice in his position.
His move is no real loss and, if it can help secure Marcos Alonso on a permanent deal come the summer without much financial outlay, Diakite will have turned out to be very useful indeed.
We should also not forget that he played a major role in Sunderland's boxing day win at Goodison Park against Everton which may have, arguably, been the pivotal result of our season.
All in all, a bit of a case of 'cheers and see ya', really. Hope he's a success back in Italy.