Life in the Championship hasn’t been all plain sailing for Sunderland so far, but a win and two draws from their opening three league encounters marks a solid return for Simon Grayson’s men.
The Black Cats have faced tough trips to Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich and emerged with four points, and a hard fought opening night draw with Derby County is by no means a bad result.
For a side many wrote off at the start of the season, fans will be delighted with the start their side have made.
Some quality performances across the pitch have contributed to the Wearsiders respectable start, with Aiden McGeady impressing going forward, and Lee Cattermole his usual, industrious self in the middle of the park.
Another man to shine is Sunderland’s club record signing, Didier Ndong, who joined the club only last summer from Lorient in France.
The Gabonese midfielder has dominated the middle of the park in his opening three appearances, and his form is beginning to attract the attentions to French giants, Lyon.
It will be difficult for Ndong to turn down the advances of last season’s Europa League semi-finalists, with another campaign in Europe’s secondary competition on the agenda for the side from eastern France.
Ndong has been key to Sunderland’s success this season, and his ability to break up play and win the ball has shielded the Black Cats back line from harm on numerous occasions already.
His loss would hurt the club’s promotion aspirations, but if an offer in excess of the £13.6 million fee the club from the north east parted with last summer materialises, then Grayson should certainly consider his options.
Starved of funding this summer, a significant fee could turn the head of the manager, and if Ndong wants to go, Sunderland should look to settle the situation amicably.
Ndong would be a loss, but with much needed funds being dangled in front of him, Grayson should certainly consider any forthcoming offers.
What you let Ndong go for the right price, Sunderland fans?