It was at the Stadium of Light where Amad announced himself to English football, playing a vital role in the Black Cats promotion charge last year. Sunderland battled through an injury crisis to mount an unlikely play-off bid before falling short against Luton Town.
His loan from Manchester United led many supporters to suggest Erik ten Hag could give him a chance this season. The Dutchman has already proven he will place faith in youth, with Hannibal Mejbri and Kobbie Mainoo starring in recent months.
But a cruel pre-season knee injury crushed any hope of Amad starring in the opening months of the campaign. The fact Jadon Sancho is banished from the squad and Antony has performed poorly could have opened a window of opportunity for the Ivorian.
Amad is back on the grass but still some way from a comeback, with his participation in next months African Cup of Nations up in the air. Speaking at his post-match press conference, Sunderland boss Mowbray, who has lost his last two Championship fixtures, confessed to being left in the dark about a possible second loan move.