Thanks for everthing, Seb – but please don’t suddenly rediscover your set piece genius against us


There are departures and departures. Sometimes players go and we’re delighted to see the back of them, either because they proved to be useless for Sunderland or seemed to care nothing for the club. Offer your own list of candidates.

A few are so good or promising that it would be unrealistic to expect them as professionals to stay. Witness the two Jordans, Henderson and Pickford: they’ll always be Sunderland fans but how many of us would allow such simple preferences to stand in the way of massive job opportunities?

And then there are those who have done a job for us but for whom a move is in the best interests of club and player.

Seb Larsson falls into that category.

Salut! Sunderland recognises all he has done for SAFC. While bemused by the notion that a one-year contract at Hull is better than a one-year extension at the Stadium of Light (except that they must have offered him more money), Monsieur Salut wishes him well.

This is what he said to Tigers TV: “I’m delighted to be here and I am really looking forward to this fresh challenge. I had some options to consider, but I felt this was the best move for me to make and I can’t wait to get started now.”

All the right-sounding, rather bland sort of words you’d expect. We know nothing of what actually happened behind the scenes.

I believe Seb could have done a good job for us in the Championship. I will never forget his relentless hard work, the goals from free kicks- sadly an uncommon experience in the last couple of seasons – his winner at Man Utd in May 2014 or the glorious pass that set up Fabio Borini for the second goal against West Brom to ensure safety a few days later.

Seb gave us some happy memories and deserves a cheer when he returns with Hull to the Stadium of Light.

M Salut, drawn by Matt, colouring by Jake

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