Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider that he feels the club’s signing of Niall Huggins from Leeds United is a great bit of business.
The 20-year-old right back put pen to paper on a four year deal with the Black Cats this summer after deciding to swap Elland Road for the Stadium of Light and is viewed as a great prospect for the future in the North East.
As revealed by the same publication previously, Leeds did not receive a fee for the defender’s services but did insert a sell on clause as part of the deal, which in turn entitles them to a percentage of any fee that Sunderland receive if they decide to sell Huggins further down the line.
Asked about his feelings over the signing of the youngster, Phillips was quick to state the following recently:
“It’s a great bit of business from Sunderland’s point of view.
“He provides cover for Winchester in that position, who I must say is turning into a fantastic player. Winchester and Cirkin have done very well this season. The back four is looking solid.
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“I haven’t seen an awful lot of Huggins but he is highly rated. On a free you would have to say it’s a no-brainer. It sounds like he is going to turn out to be a really good signing.
“Yes, there may be a sizeable sell on fee but most clubs insert that in deals these days. I’m sure when called upon Huggins will deliver.”
Huggins has only featured once for his new side this season and will now be looking to break into the starting eleven more regularly under Lee Johnson as time goes on in the North East.
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Meanwhile the Black Cats will be back in action tomorrow night as they travel to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Athletic in the Carabao Cup.
Huggins will certainly become an accomplish player if Sunderland give him the game time that he needs in order to develop and it will be interesting to see how heavily he features this term.
So far he has largely acted as a deputy for Carl Winchester in the right back slot, so therefore he will have to be patient and ensure that he takes all of the chances that come his way.
He moved to the Stadium of Light in search of more opportunities at senior level and it will now be up to Johnson to give him those chances to shine.
Given that there is a cup game on the horizon, it would be fair to assume that Huggins may feature against Wigan if the manager looks to rotate his side somewhat.