Sunderland have struggled in the Premier League this season, only picking up their first win at the weekend, so it’s pretty understandable that players will want to stay away- and that’s exactly the situation for Jeremain Lens.
The winger was disappointing in his first season of English football but has found form since moving on-loan to Fenerbache during the summer, earning a recall to the Dutch national side after scoring the winning goal in a Europa League clash with Manchester United last week.
Now back to his best and in the international reckoning once again, Lens told Voetbal International that he has no desire to return to Sunderland when his loan in Turkey ends.
“I feel I no longer belong there. If Fenerbahce want me, I want to stay. I am not happy at Sunderland. I have friends within this (Fenerbahce) team, my relationships with my team-mates are excellent.”
With two goals and four assists for Fenerbache this season, Lens has almost emulated his numbers for his entire first season with Sunderland- as he secured three goals and three assists for the Black Cats.
Sunderland will probably feel that Lens is surplus to requirements themselves but it’s difficult to see a player away in fine form, when it’s apparent his parent side need all the help they can get to avoid the drop to the Championship.