Midfielder in the spotlight.Steed Malbranque made 112 appearances for the Black Cats in a three-year stay on Wearside between 2008 and 2011.
The Belgian-born midfielder was key part of Steve Bruce’s side that finished tenth in the Barclays Premier League, Sunderland’s highest finish since 2001.
He began his career with Lyon where he progressed through the youth ranks before making 110 appearances for the first-team.
Malbranque impressed in UEFA Champions League ties against Arsenal and Bayern Munich whilst with Lyon, prompting interest from multiple Premier League clubs.
Steed joined Fulham in 2001 and become a fans’ favourite at Craven Cottage making 211 appearances and scoring 44 goals.
After five years with Fulham, Malbranque made the switch across London to Tottenham Hotspur in 2006.
Malbranque made 96 appearances with Spurs, scoring 12 goals, before moving to Sunderland, along with Teemu Tainio and Pascal Chimbonda, in 2008.
In his first season on Wearside Malbranque only failed to feature in two league games and became ever-present among the Black Cats’ starting line-up.
He notched his first goal in a 4-1 victory over Hull City at the KC Stadium in December 2008.
Malbranque added a further 35 appearances in the 2009-10 season and was beginning to become a firm favourite amongst the fans after a string of battling performances.
In his final season with the Black Cats, Malbranque made 37 further appearances before he was allowed to leave to return to France and join Saint Etienne.
After playing only once for Saint Etienne, Malbranque’s contract was terminated and he returned to Lyon in August 2012 where he is still currently playing.