‘Complete and utter shambles’ – These Sunderland fans express their horror at latest news

Norwich City have signed Sunderland prospect Bali Mumba on a four-year deal, as revealed by Sunderland’s official website.

The 18-year-old joins the Canaries for an undisclosed fee and becomes their third signing of the summer window. Mumba hasn’t appeared for Sunderland’s first team in the league this season, having made his first-team debut in the Championship back in 2018. However, since that cameo, he has started two League One matches, both under Jack Ross last season. He has also represented England’s youth teams at every age group from under 16s through to under 19s.

He captained the side against Wolves in the Championship, a symbolic gesture to welcome in the dawn of the Stewart Donald era, but since then he’s faded away, much like the supposed future they were heralding in. Last season, he spent time on loan with South Shields and leaves the Stadium of Light with just ten outings in total.

That hasn’t deterred the Canaries, who have clearly seen the potential in the Academy of Light graduate. He’s naturally excited to be stepping up to the Championship, saying “It feels very good and I’m raring to go. The club is big with a good history behind it and I’m looking forward to getting started so I can show everyone around the club what I can do.

“Fans can expect hard work and 100 percent in all that I do. I believe I’m a positive person with a good energy. I’ve watched Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis a lot. I’ve seen how they’ve progressed through the system and have continued to develop and that’s exactly what I’m hoping to replicate.”

Naturally, Sunderland fans are disappointed at losing another of their academy graduates. Mumba follows the likes of Joel Osorio and Josh Maja out of the door, and they’ve voiced their displeasure on social media this afternoon.

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