Lee Johnson and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus are quietly addressing one of Sunderland’s biggest downfalls
Bali Mumba’s departure to Norwich City was the straw that broke the camels back for a number of Sunderland fans when it came to the previous ownership regime.
Of course, performances on the pitch also played their part, but when the former Sunderland academy graduate – who was tipped to become the next big thing to come out of the Stadium of Light – joined the Canaries for the paltry sum of just £350k, fans were disgusted.
It’s always difficult to predict the career path of a youngster at such an early age but with Mumba, it seemed more a case of when, not if, he would break into the first team.
Sadly for Black Cats supporters they would never see Mumba get a run of games in a red and white shirt, and he’d follow Josh Maja and Joel Asoro on the list of academy graduates who would leave Wearside.
When you then add Joe Hugill to that list, a forward on the brink of Manchester United’s first team who received glowing praise from former boss Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer, it really was a damning outlook.