Relegation to the Championship is never nice for a club, even if the parachute payments make it that little bit more bearable.
Other than having to deal with a 46 game season, there is a constant struggle to try and keep your best players, which is something Sunderland are going to spend all summer long dealing with.
Both Lamine Koné and Papy Djilobodji seem likely to leave, as is Jermain Defoe, and now Wahbi Khazri could join that list.
While his loss might not be as dramatic as the other three, considering he was barely used by David Moyes this season, it’s still one less body available for next season, when squad depth will be more important than ever.
FootMercato in France report that Crystal Palace are interested in the Sunderland forward, which would make sense considering Sam Allardyce will know exactly what he’d be getting, having worked with him at the Stadium of Light in the past.
The Eagles’ interest is just that for now, interest, meaning that no official steps have been taken to bring him to Selhurst Park just yet, something that could change in the near future.
Having moved from Bordeaux, a well established Ligue 1 team, to play Premier League football, it’s likely that Khazri would jump at the chance to stay in the top division if it presented itself.
We’ll keep an eye out for more on this.