What will Didier N’Dong bring to Sunderland?

By Mark Peters IN General,Transfers - 19:50 Sep 7th 2016

According to Talksport, Sunderland pulled out all the stops to sign Didier N’Dong from Lorient, finally succeeding with a fourth bid of €20m plus bonuses. The Black Cats have obviously seen something they like in the 22-year-old midfielder, with his ability to win the ball and cover ground drawing comparisons with N’Golo Kante:

Didier
Ndong
versusN'Golo
Kante
MIDPOSITIONMID
22Y 2MAGE25Y 5M
5FT 7INHEIGHT5FT 7IN
11ST 11LBWEIGHT10ST 11LB
 
FL | LOR | | LEI | PL
06/15 - 06/1606/15 - 06/16
34
STARTS
33
3056
MINS
PLAYED
3020
2
GOALS
1
1
ASSISTS
4
1
OPENING
GOALS
1
WINNING
GOALS
1
HOME
GOALS
1
1
AWAY
GOALS
HEADED
GOALS
L
1
R
1
GOALS
R/L FOOT
R
1
1528
MINS
PER GOAL
3020
5
TOTAL
1

Although the fortunes of their two teams were very different last season, both men played a similar amount of football in Ligue 1 and the Premier League respectively. Like the former Leicester star, the Gabon international provides an athletic presence in the engine room, whilst his determination can help to lift those around him.

THOUGHTS

To expect any player to make a similar sort of impact to the one that Kante did at the King Power Stadium last term would be foolish. That said, N’Dong should give Sunderland more legs in midfield, enabling them to transition more quickly from defence into attack. The fee paid for the 22-year-old means that he will be expected to hit the ground running, so it will be interesting to see how he copes with that sort of pressure to perform.

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