Sunderland don’t have any games to play and that has led the club’s official Twitter account to undergo a series recalling some better memories from yesteryear.
The feature game on Tuesday night was the 3-2 win over Chelsea in 2015/16, three points which were essential to Sam Allardyce keeping the club in the Premier League.
It was a memorable end to the season and the match against the Blues was one of the stand-out matches as the north-east outfit came back from 1-0 and 2-1 down to win, with Jermain Defoe scoring a classy winner.
Ahead of the ‘match’ Sunderland posted the team news in typical fashion, which included midfielder Jan Kirchhoff – a man who made a big difference to the survival campaign after being signed by Allardyce that January.
Supporters have fond memories of the German and believe he was a very good player, and it is perhaps little surprise that the north-east outfit got worse when Kirchhoff was unavailable.
— Graham Lindsay 🔴⚪🔴⚪ (@GrizlyBizly) March 24, 2020
Imagine him in League One 🤯 https://t.co/ByrdFXJg0L
— Gav. (@Gav1879) March 24, 2020
If this guy wasn’t injured and big Sam stayed at the sunlun he’d defo be at a top 6 team https://t.co/fcpFoMyFlv
— Jay hall (@Jayhall09) March 24, 2020
As a result, the club mentioning his name has evoked some emotional responses from the Sunderland fanbase, with many sharing that they miss the 29-year-old.
That’s not surprising given how effective he was in his spell at the Stadium of Light and the fact that he may have been able to help the team stave off relegation had he not suffered a significant injury.
I miss him really 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️
— Oluwaseun Bamgboye (@bamgboyeolu) March 24, 2020
You’ve made me cry, thanks lads… I miss him
— Nick (@nicholaswilso11) March 24, 2020
Absolutely heartbreaking this. Stop. https://t.co/eUgxonR9WK
— Jonny Lavery (@JonnyLavery99) March 24, 2020
Some wish he could be brought back by Phil Parkinson as he could be valuable in Sunderland’s push for promotion, and given he is currently plying his trade in Germany’s third tier it is perhaps not an unrealistic proposition.
Bring him home
— Michael Urwin (@MichaelUrwin4) March 25, 2020
Should make a move for Jan
— darksidemackem (@darksidemackem) March 24, 2020
Meanwhile, Sunderland fans have also been involved in a discussion about how Chris Maguire has fared over the course of the season…