Dion Sanderson recently joined the lads on a season long loan deal from Wolves on Deadline Day. Despite interest from the Championship, Sanderson made the move up to the North East. In the past Sunderland have signed some brilliant (and terrible) players on loan, this article will have a look at some of the better players who made the Stadium of Light their temporary home.
JONNY EVANS: 2006/07 AND 2007/08
Roy Keane used his connections to sign Evans from Manchester United in January 2007. Signed alongside Danny Simpson, Evans fit straight into the Sunderland team and his performances helped Sunderland clinch promotion back to the Premier League. Evans won the Youth Player of the year at the end of the 2006/07 season and it was hoped he would sign permanently before our return to the Prem. Instead Evans decided to stay at United and fight for his place but ended up back on loan at SAFC in January 2008. He once again fit straight in the Sunderland team and helped the lads avoid relegation. Since then Evans became a regular at Manchester United before joining West Brom. He is currently at Leicester City.
DJIBRIL CISSÉ :2008/09
Signed from Marseille in the summer of 2008, Cissé was a big signing for the lads. He had a very impressive CV having won an FA Cup and a Champions League at Liverpool. His performances in the 2008/09 season were phenomenal and earned the affections of many a Sunderland fan. He hit the ground running scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory against Spurs at White Hart Lane in August 2008. Cissé continued to deliver throughout the season and scored the opening goal in the 2-1 victory at home to Newcastle, which was our first home Tyne-Wear derby victory for 28 years. Cissé went onto to score in the reverse fixture that season as well. However what most fans will remember him for is his outrageous hair colours and summersault celebrations. He finished the season with 11 goals in 38 games however Sunderland did not take up the option to sign him permanently. He returned to Marseille before signing for Panathinaikos in the summer of 2009. Cissé returned to the Premier League in 2011 with QPR but was sent off on his return to the Stadium of Light. He has since retired from football.
DANNY WELBECK: 2010-11
Signed by Steve Bruce from Manchester United in the summer of 2010, Welbeck made up the third part of the attacking trio of Darren Bent and Asamoah Gyan, who’s goals guided Sunderland to a tenth place finish that season. Welbeck had his breakthrough season at Sunderland, scoring six times in 28 games. His first goal came at Chelsea in a famous 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge. Welbeck then scored two against Everton a week later. Welbeck’s form led to calls of an England call up, however a hamstring injury in January ruled him out for eight weeks. Another injury at the end of the season cut his loan spell short and he headed back to Manchester United. He became a first team regular at United after his Sunderland loan spell and became an England regular. He has since went on to play for Arsenal and Watford. In the summer of 2020 he signed for Brighton.
NICKLAS BENDTNER: 2011-12
Perhaps a surprise to see Bendtner on this list however it’s difficult to argue that his loan spell wasn’t a success. Bendtner signed from Arsenal on Deadline Day in 2011 on a season long loan deal. He scored his first goal against West Brom in a 2-2 draw and then went on to score in victories against Bolton and QPR. After fracturing his eye socket Bendtner returned to action wearing a protective mask and looked like a Danish Zorro. However the mask gave Bendtner special powers as he scored five goals in March 2012. Bendtner scored a penalty at St James’ Park and then went to score the winner at home to Liverpool a week later. He scored against QPR once more before scoring the second in a 3-3 draw away to Manchester City. Bendtner finished the season as Sunderland’s top scorer in the Premier League with eight goals. He went back to Arsenal before going onto play for Juventus and Nottingham Forest.
DANNY ROSE: 2012/13
I have to admit that I didn’t want to include Rose on this list after he decide to join the unwashed from up the road in January 2020. Rose joined from Spurs on a season long loan deal in August 2012. He made his debut against Liverpool in September 2012 and went onto play 29 times for the lads scoring once. After a solid season at left back he was named our Young Player of the Season before he headed back to Tottenham where he became a first team regular. Rose has been seen a few times in the crowd at Sunderland since his loan spell and says he continues to support Sunderland. However, his decision to join Newcastle lost him a lot of respect from Sunderland fans. He is currently still at Tottenham but has yet to play a game this season.
FABIO BORINI: 2013/14
Borini signed from Liverpool on a season long loan deal in September 2013. After making his debut against Arsenal he failed to have an immediate impact and mostly made sub appearances. However in October 2013, he came off the bench to score a spectacular winner in the Tyne-Wear derby as we won 2-1. The goal was a catalyst for a successful season at the Stadium of Light. In December he scored an equaliser in the League Cup Quarter Final against Chelsea before assisting Ki Sung-Yeung's extra time winner. Borini continued his knack of scoring in big games. He scored a penalty in the 2-1 League Cup semi-final home leg victory against Man United. Borini also scored at St James Park in the 3-0 victory over Newcastle. He smashed a spot kick past the ‘penalty expert’ Tim Krul before jumping onto the advertising hoardings to celebrate. Not surprisingly it enraged the majority of the Leazes Stand apart from the 3000 Sunderland fans at the top of it. Borini scored his most famous Sunderland goal in the 2014 League Cup Final at Wembley. He gave Sunderland the lead that day with a fantastic strike after a long ball over the top which had beaten Vincent Kompany. His goal had the lads 1-0 up at half time before a Man City comeback in the second half ended Sunderland’s cup final dreams. On 19 April Borini scored the winner against Chelsea to inflict Jose Mourinho’s first ever home league defeat as manager of the club. The result helped Sunderland stay in the Premier League. Borini finished the season with 10 goals in all competitions and won the clubs Young Player of the Year award. After having a bid accepted for Borini in the summer of 2014, the Italian decided against the move, instead wanting to fight for his place in the Liverpool team. However he would eventually join the lads permanently in the summer of 2015. Since leaving Sunderland Borini has went onto play for AC Milan and Hellas Verona. He is without a club currently but it has been rumoured that he make a move to the Championship.
MARCOS ALONSO: 2013/14
Sunderland signed Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina in January 2014, he made his debut against Man United in League Cup semi-final first leg and was awarded man of the match. He went onto be a first team regular making 20 appearances for Sunderland. Alonso’s solid performances helped SAFC beat the drop in miraculous circumstances after being bottom with four games to go. However he did not sign permanently for Sunderland, instead returning to Fiorentina. Alonso returned to England in 2016, signing for Chelsea for £24 million. He still remains a Sunderland fan and has be known to make social media posts about the club.
YANN M’VILA: 2015/16
Saved the best till last. M’Vila signed from Rubin Kazan on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal in August 2015. M’Vila made his first appearance in an under-21 match against Norwich and was sent off for a headbutt, which had many fans thinking we had signed a loose cannon. However M’Vila managed to prove every Sunderland fan wrong and become a fan favourite. He scored his only Sunderland goal against Aston Villa in August 2015, curling in a spectacular free kick in a 2-2 draw. M’Vila was named man of the match in the 3-0 Tyne-Wear derby win and described the atmosphere as the best he had played in, better than the Milan derby. In February 2016 M’Vila expressed his desire to stay at Sunderland permanently if they avoided relegation. M’Vila finished the season with 37 league appearances as we beat the drop once again. Manager at the time Sam Allardyce confirmed the club and player wanted to make the move permanent. However, after Allardyce left to join England a move for M’Vila stalled. In late August 2016 M’Vila watch was trending on Twitter and it was thought he was spotted at Ramside Hall, however it turned out to be Warwickshire cricketer Varun Chopra. Manager David Moyes chose to sign Didier N’Dong for £14 million instead of M’Vila on deadline day. M’Vila took to Instagram to vent his anger that the club rejected the chance to sign him by not picking up the phone. The decision by Moyes and Sunderland still baffles and angers many Sunderland fans. M’Vila headed back to Rubin Kazan before moving to Saint-Etienne in 2017. He is currently playing for Olympiacos.
Let’s hope that Sanderson turns out to be just as good on loan this season.