After a summer of spending, it’s perfectly natural that the Black Cats would have to release the odd player or two. While Roy Keane has bemoaned the fact that a lot of his squad members would prefer to sit on the bench / play for the reserves than get first-team football elsewhere, it appears that this midfielder is not one of them.
Setanta report that it’s with a heavy heart that Dickson Etuhu is leaving Sunderland and instead joining Fulham. The player arrived at the Stadium of Light for £1.5 million a year ago, but made only 18 league starts last term and would have been likely to appear even less this season.
“I heard a few clubs were interested but Sunderland didn’t want to sell,” explained Etuhu to setantasports.com.
“It was the hardest decision of my career. I had a chat with Roy Keane and he didn’t want me to go and tried to convince me to stay.
“I also met Roy Hodgson and spoke to Roy, met Fulham and the team and decided I liked it already.
“I wanted to go to Fulham. I’ve been out for six months and want to move on and play and be closer to my family in London.
“I want to thank Roy Keane for giving me a chance to play in The Premier League, it’s been a dream come true for me.”
Gracious words from the former Preston and Norwich player, who can certainly offer Fulham something different this season. It will be interesting to see if he can dislodge the likes of Danny Murphy, Jimmy Bullard and Simon Davies from the team, although Roy Hodgson has clearly seen something he likes about the Algerian. Sunderland fans, are you disappointed that he didn’t stick around for longer?