After failing to attain in seven appearances for Sunderland on mortgage, few Mackems would have anticipated to see Antoine Semenyo enjoying on the World Cup simply two years later.
The younger striker joined the Black Cats on mortgage from Bristol Metropolis in the course of the 2019/20 League One season however featured simply seven times within the third tier, with these appearances solely totalling 184 minutes.
The Ghanaian ahead had managed six goals and two assists with Newport County in League Two the season prior, however was clearly deemed not adequate by Phil Parkinson, as he regarded to information the Black Cats again to the Championship.
Ought to Sunderland have performed Semenyo extra?
Semenyo was fast to show Parkinson flawed the next marketing campaign, as he notched 5 objectives and 7 assists in all competitions for the Robins, which set him on the way in which to turning into a key participant at Ashton Gate.
The 2021/22 marketing campaign was an especially spectacular one for the 22-year-old ahead, as he managed eight objectives and 12 assists in simply 31 league appearances for Nigel Pearson’s aspect, which has seen him attract interest from the likes of Crystal Palace lately.
Pearson was filled with reward for the electrical ahead earlier this 12 months, saying:
“He’s an actual menace along with his energy and tempo – he have to be a nightmare to play in opposition to! His problem now’s to maintain growing and including components to his recreation to make him much more efficient.”
Semenyo’s spectacular kind noticed him earn a call-up to Ghana’s nationwide aspect in January of this 12 months, and he would make his World Cup debut for Otto Addo’s aspect of their 3-2 defeat in opposition to Portugal in Qatar earlier this week.
Contemplating the Ghana worldwide struggled to earn a spot in a League One aspect simply a few years in the past, Sunderland followers could be stunned by Semenyo’s meteoric rise, and can maybe be wishing that he was given extra beginning alternatives after they did not finish inside the playoffs of the Covid-affected 2019/20 marketing campaign.