Josh Maja left Sunderland “for the money” in 2019 and the striker will endure a difficult time with struggling Fulham in the Premier League.
That is according to Black Cats legend Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 22-year-old made his Fulham debut in the 0-0 draw with West Ham on Saturday.
Maja joined Scott Parker’s side on loan from Bordeaux for the rest of the campaign and is well known to Sunderland fans following his two-and-a-half season spell in the Noth East.
According to the Guardian, Josh King had been Fulham’s first-choice before they moved for Maja and fans have duly questioned the signing of a player who has scored just twice in 17 Ligue 1 appearances this season.
Phillips gave his view on Maja’s time at the Stadium of Light and also predicted that the striker would have a “difficult” time at Craven Cottage.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Only time will tell. It’s tough that he’s coming into a side that’s struggling in the Premier League. But they play some good football and they do create opportunities. it’s just about rediscovering the form he showed at Sunderland.
“He got advised badly and left for the money. He probably should have stayed at Sunderland, helped them to promotion and things would have happened over here for him.
“But he’s been given a chance and only time will tell. I’m a little bit reserved in terms of saying ‘Yes, he will be successful.’ I think it will be difficult because he hasn’t played a lot of football recently and he’s coming up against quality Premier League defenders.
“It’s a chance for him to shine but I’d be very surprised if gets a little run in the side and bangs in a load of goals early doors.”
Sunderland manager Lee Johnson was appointed in early November following the dismissal of Phil Parkinson.
He has since seen his Sunderland side climb to 7th place in the league, two points outside the playoff places with two games in hand on 6th-place Charlton.