Sunderland should regret selling Wahbi Khazri for initial £6m fee

While it was always likely that Wahbi Khazri was going to leave Sunderland on a permanent basis during the summer transfer window following the club’s relegation to League One, they should be regretting selling the Tunisia international for an initial £6m fee.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the attacker joined Ligue 1 outfit Rennes on a season-long loan deal last year having made three appearances in the Championship for the Black Cats, and he impressed by scoring 11 goals and providing a further four assists in 29 appearances in all competitions.

Following two goals and two assists for his country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia the 27-year-old attracted interest from St Etienne, who eventually sealed a £6m move which could rise to £9m including add-ons, to take him back to France on a permanent basis.

He has since starred in a variety of attacking roles for his new club, scoring five goals and providing one assist in 10 outings.

Have Sunderland made a mistake?

They probably have, yes.

While they never had any chance of keeping Khazri at the Stadium of Light this season, seeing his performances last season and during the World Cup they were surely in a good position to demand more than an initial £6m fee for him, no matter what division they found themselves in.

Given how much of an impact he consistently has in the final third and the fact that he is 27 years of age and should be approaching the prime years of his career, you would think that the Black Cats could have held out for £15m at the very least in the summer.