Sunderland maintained their unbeaten start to the new Championship season following a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday last night.
Simon Grayson’s men drew with Derby County on the opening day of the campaign before easing past Norwich City 3-1 at Carrow Road last weekend, and they made a fast start at Hillsborough as well with George Honeyman firing them in front after just four minutes.
And their lead lasted 66 minutes before David Jones rifled Carlos Carvalhal’s side level, but both teams in the end had to settle for a share of the spoils following an enthralling encounter in Yorkshire.
And Black Cats chief Grayson will surely be satisfied with his side’s start given the amount of change that has taken place at the Stadium of Light this summer, yet he is unlikely to be overly satisfied with recent developments in the transfer window, as target Max Gradel has joined Toulouse on loan from Bournemouth.
The 29-year-old worked with Grayson at Leeds a few years ago and Sunderland had reportedly agreed a deal with the Cherries to land the Ivory Coast international, but he has chosen a return to France over a spell in the North East.
And news of Gradel’s move has stimulated quite a reaction from Sunderland supporters on Twitter, with many disappointed that the club couldn’t land the tricky winger…
— Sunderland Echo SAFC (@sunechosafc) August 16, 2017
Shame but shows there is a appetite and money to try and get decent players in.
— Stu Tench (@tenchylad) August 16, 2017
Well that’s a shame….
— John (@GrabbansBeard) August 16, 2017
Gradel one side and mcgeady on the other would have been brilliant aswell
— Jamie Davison (@jamie_davison1) August 16, 2017
Strange to see Max Gradel head to Toulouse on loan. Thought Bournemouth weren’t keen on anything other than a sale? #safc
— ParkerSafc (@Parkersafc) August 16, 2017
This helps us…
— Gaz (@GazJ2K) August 16, 2017
Disappointed would of be a great addition 2 the squad .
— Andrew Sharp (@AndySAFC78) August 16, 2017
Just seen max gradel has gone to Toulouse on loan so that’s that one gone
— Darren clark (@dazftm) August 16, 2017