It’s been a rather interesting transfer window for Sunderland with some significant arrivals and exits over the last few days.
Grant Leadbitter has come in from Middlesbrough whilst Josh Maja has left for Bordeaux.
And, with the latter in mind, we caught Ian Holloway’s thoughts over the exit of the young striker.
Speaking exclusively to Football League World, he said:
“I’m disappointed he’s left, to be honest, he was doing ever so well there.
“There’s a resurgence going on there at the moment and we’ve all been waiting for that to happen for them.
“It looks as though they’ve cleared out all of the deadwood and sometimes a club needs to start again.
“Those supporters will always be there, they’re magnificent. They’ve had to put up with loads of stuff and they’d just got themselves a young, homegrown centre-forward and he decides to move straight away.
“It is disappointing, it is an occupational hazard if you’re a manager and you wonder whether they could have offered him something earlier but who knows.
“I’m disappointed because he’s been a big part of their season and they’re having a fantastic year pushing for promotion and in the semi-final of the Checkatrade Trophy.
“I think some of these young lads do sometimes move too early and if they could see where they might end up they’d stay where they’re being idolised because, eventually, they’re good enough to get there anyway.
“Who am I to tell him what to do, though. I don’t know him. I’m just disappointed for the energy side of Sunderland. It’s taken a while to get positive again and that could just burst the bubble slightly.”
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