His time at the Stadium Of Light was short-lived, but Alfred N’Diaye certainly made in impact.
After impressing for both Nancy and Bursaspor, the midfielder left the Turkish side in favour of a move to Sunderland in January 2013 – leading to a successful spell on Wearside.
After making his debut with a late cameo appearance at home to West Ham on January 12, N’Diaye quickly established himself as a first team regular under Gus Poyet.
In the second half of that season the Senegal international made 16 appearances for the Black Cats as they narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League.
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The hope was that N’Diaye would continue to be a key player for many years to come, but that didn’t quite happen.
After just six months with the club the midfielder returned to Turkey as he joined Eskisehirspor on a season-long loan deal – an agreement which was also cut short as he joined Real Betis for the second half of the 2014-15 campaign.
Following that loan spell in Spain N’Diaye left Sunderland on a permanent deal to join the La Liga outfit.
After that the midfielder did return to England for loan spells with both Hull City and Wolverhampton Wanderers where he certainly impressed, however Sunderland supporters will no doubt have been a little bit jealous after seeing just a glimpse of what N’Diaye could have offered them if he’d stuck around for a bit longer.