Sunderland finally make their first signing of the summer transfer window, sealing the services of Papy Djilobodji

David Moyes makes Sunderland’s first signing of the window, much to the delight of Black Cats fans. The Sunderland faithful may not have a lot of knowledge on the playeer, so here is nine facts to get to know Papy.

Papy Djilobodji.JPG Welcome Papy! (Image source: Sunderland Echo)

  • Born December 1, 1988, Djilobodji is a Senegalese footballer who was raised in Kaolack, Senegal.
  • Papy plays Centre back but has been known to also fill in as a defensive midfielder.
  • Djilobodji began his career in 2007 at Senegalese side ASC Saloum before moving to French club US Senart-Moissy two-years later.
  • After leaving Senart-Moissy in 2010, he made 171 appearances for Ligue 1 outfit FC Nantes, scoring nine times.
  • A move to England followed ahead of the 2015-16 Premier League season as Chelsea secured his services.
  • The 27-year-old was then loaned to German side Werder Bremen in the second half of last season and made 14 appearances, scoring once. While at Bremen, Djiolobodji played an integral part in helping them secure their Bundesliga safety, as his one and only goal came as an 88th minute winner on the final day of the season to secure their survival.
  • With international recognition as well, Djilobodji has been capped 13 times by Senegal and also appeared at the 2015 African Cup of Nations.
  • At 193cms tall, the 27-year-old is Sunderland’s joint-second tallest player with Younes Kaboul. The pair stand just below Jan Kirchhoff who is 195cms tall.
  • Djilobodji is a powerful defender and while he is predominately a left-footed player, he is accomplished using his right as well.

Sunderland fans will be hopeful that Djilobodji is not the replacement for Lamine Kone, who has been strongly linked with a move away to Everton for £18million. Kone and Kaboul formed a solid partnership in the second half of last season and the departure of Kone would be a shame for the club.

Fans will also be eager for the club to sign more players, in particular the return of Yann M’vila and Deandre Yedlin. The summer transfer window does not shut until the end of August, but David Moyes will be keen to get signings through the door to give his team the best chance of the best possible start to the season.