The Frenchman has been an inspiring player within a struggling side, and his consistency and determination has allowed him to appear 24 times for the Black Cats on his season-long loan from Russian side Rubin Kazin. He has also managed to find the back of the net once, even as a holding midfielder, alongside three assists, alerting other clubs to what he can really offer.
Yet the 25-year-old has suggested his stay in the North-East could go beyond this season, as he told the French media:
“I’m waiting to have a more stable personal situation, before helping the club further.”
M’Vila’s performances for the club thus far have seen him become a fan’s favourite, especially after even Lee Cattermole and Jermain Defoe have had their shaky moments for the Mackems this season.
He has also made it clear that his passion for the club and growing affection is a good enough reason to return next season. He said that the Tyne-Wear derby is ‘the greatest match he has ever played in’, where he won the man of the match award, but the even better award of winning the fans’ support all the more.
This, in contrast to a bigger team such as Arsenal or Liverpool, could be a good enough reason to return to the SoL, as he knows his playing time will be massive and will always have the fans supporting him because it’s been really hard to criticise him so far.