Ex-Sunderland striker Josh Maja scored a hattrick for Bordeaux last night, which has drawn some sad and frustrated responses from fans of the North East club.
The 20-year-old scored three times and contributed an assist as the French side beat Nimes 6-0 in the Ligue 1 tie at Matmut Atlantique yesterday.
Maja was making just his third start of the season in the league, with the majority of his appearances coming as a substitute.
Maja had been in fantastic form for the Black Cats in the first half of the 2018/19 campaign–top-scoring with 16 goals and helping propel them to near the top of League One.
However, the forward had stalled on signing a new contract and with his deal set to expire in the summer, Sunderland opted to cash in, rather than let him walk away as a free agent.
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The North East club have struggled to find a replacement, with their current striking options, Will Grigg, Charlie Wyke, and Marc McNulty, scoring just four league goals between them this year.
Maja’s exit appears to still be a painful one for many Sunderland fans, as evidenced by their frustrated responses to last night’s hattrick.
Read the reaction of Black Cats supporters here:
I miss Josh Maja🔴⚪️ #safc
— Graeme Field (@Fieldo100) December 3, 2019
Currently lying in bed going over and over in my head what could have been in we didn’t sell maja and then go on and sign grigg.. #SAFC 👍🔴⚪️
— Cameron Watson (@Cameronwotto100) December 3, 2019
Backheel on the volley at the weekend, hat trick tonight for Josh Maja. Natural finishers are virtually impossible to replace, as we are reminded at #SAFC every week.
— Gareth Hern (@garethhern) December 3, 2019
Maja 😭😭😭😭😭 #SAFC
— Philip West (@Philip_RJ89) December 3, 2019
Delighted for Maja, obviously gutted he's not doing it for #SAFC But his ambitions were always likely to outgrow Donald and co
— James Lowson (@jimmylowson) December 3, 2019
The thing is with Maja you can just tell he learnt from and trained with Jermain Defoe. The biggest mistake every not keeping him here. #SAFC
— Brad (@braddfearnleyy) December 3, 2019
Remember when people last year were saying Maja was too lazy and we didn't need him, despite single handedly carrying us for half a season. #safc
— Jordan Ramsey (@RamseySAFC) December 3, 2019
Makes ya sick don’t it. He was the difference last season 💔
— Jordan Marrs (@marrs_jordan) December 3, 2019