It was inevitable that Gini Wijnaldum and Jeremain Lens were going to be closely compared this season.
Expensive signings in the summer for Newcastle and Sunderland, both having had massive success at PSV and also regulars in the Netherlands squad.
However, since the arrival of our old friend Sam Allardyce, things have quickly fallen apart for Jeremain Lens.
Many Sunderland fans claimed that they had got the better player in the summer but obviously their new manager doesn’t agree with them.
Sam Allardyce selected Jeremain Lens in his first home game selection, Sunderland running out three goal winners in the derby on October.
However, since that day, Allardyce has never picked the Dutch midfielder/winger and given him only three brief substitute appearances.
Things reached a head against Watford in the mackems’ last home game, reports after the game said that Lens had refused to do some running on the pitch after the game with the other players and so Sam Allardyce was said to be fining him two weeks wages and leaving him out of the squad for Chelsea.
Sure enough the player was left out of the matchday 18 on Saturday at Stamford Bridge and now it appears Jeremain Lens has had enough.
Giving the following quotes to the Dutch media, Jeremain Lens saying to Fox Sports:
“I’m not happy, it is definitely annoying.
“I am not playing and I didn’t come to the Premier League to sit on the bench, something will have to change.
“A transfer in the winter? That could happen – once the (January) window is open, we will see what happens.
“I know nothing (about disciplinary action after Watford), no one has spoken to me and I read in the media that I have to pay a fine, I’m told nothing.
“There is what happened after the game but that I discussed in private. Sunderland only communicates through the media and I am not used to that.
A possible move back to Holland?:
“Ajax is a great club but whether this is the right time? It’s halfway through the season, I have been looking at the Dutch league but I haven’t thought very deeply about the move. I will do that later.”
With Newcastle desperate for somebody to put crosses in for Aleksandar Mitrovic, some United fans have suggested Newcastle should offer a cheeky loan move to take Lens and reunite him with Gini Wijnaldum to spark his north east career off. However, Sunderland would be unlikely to find that an amusing thought when it is a player who should be one of their biggest assets.