Ndong "Desperation" Nonsense
Sunderland’s new record signing, Didier Ndong, was in action for the second time in five days last night, as Gabon faced four-time African Cup of Nations winners Cameroon in a friendly.
Cameroon emerged the victors with a ninetieth minute winner. The game had been arranged as a warm-up for both sides’ upcoming qualification games for the 2018 World Cup. Ndong can now make the trek ‘home’ to Wearside from the African continent to look forward to his debut later in September for Sunderland
The mutterings about the midfielder’s transfer still rumble on somewhat. Lorient’s President has continued his protestations that he simply could not reject Sunderland’s offer, telling anyone who will listen that he turned down three bids for Ndong before finally agreeing to sell for £13.6m.
The Telegraph this morning described Sunderland’s signing of the 22-year old as "desperation" in an ironically desperate bid to keep the tale in the news.
Notwithstanding the fact that this ‘news’ is now days old, they proceeded to trot out a few quotes from Loic Fery, President of Lorient.
What M. Fery and The Telegraph by association are, of course, failing to mention is the continued disquiet amongst Lorient supporters at where exactly the proceeds from big sales to English clubs, notably Sunderland, have either gone or are intended to go.
Indeed Lorient bombed in their own "desperate" bid to replace Ndong with Abdoulaye Doucouré of Watford on transfer deadline day. The French club failed to register the deal in time, and M. Fer has been quick to declare that the transaction was a paltry thirty three seconds late in being captured by FIFA’s online transfer system.
All of this comes against a backdrop of Lorient sitting second bottom of Ligue 1 without a point from their first three games. So, a little defensiveness may be understandable from the French outfit who are being accused by their own supporters of becoming nothing but a feeder club for the English Premier League.
It is just a little shame then, that certain elements of the North East-based national press continue to pick any negative ‘spin’ on a Sunderland story without furnishing their readers with the full story.
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