Former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell has claimed to Football Insider that Leeds United could be in line to make millions if Sunderland sell Niall Huggins further down the line.
The pundit’s claim comes not long after it was revealed by the same publication that Leeds inserted a sell on clause in the deal which took the young defender to the Stadium of Light in the summer transfer window just gone.
Huggins only went on to make one appearance for the Whites during his time at Elland Road and seemingly chose to depart for the North East in order get more regular game time under his belt at a club that is likely to be challenging for promotion this season in Sky Bet League One.
Now Campbell has claimed that Leeds could well still benefit from letting Huggins depart, as he stated the following:
“That clause could make them millions in the future.
“The thing with these youngsters now is that they want to play football week in, week out. If you are not going to be able to offer them first team football then they are going to look for a way out.
“Sunderland are a huge club who have aspirations of getting automatic promotion this season so why would he not want to join?
“Yes, Leeds may make a few quid out the deal but it could quite easily be a deal they end up regretting in the future. He may well continue to progress and all of a sudden they’ll be thinking, “We should have kept him.”
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Since moving to Sunderland the right back has featured just once for his new side in the Carabao Cup and will be looking to get more minutes under his belt as time progresses.
Huggins is under contract with the Black Cats until the summer of 2025.
Sunderland will be wary of the clause that Leeds inserted in the deal but Huggins will have to come some way towards being worth millions before they can even consider how much they could make from a potential sale.
The youngster is only just finding his feet at League One level and will take time to really realise his potential in what is a new environment.
There is no doubting his talent, but the club will know that they have to be patient with him during these formative months.
He is certainly working under a manager in Lee Johnson who knows how to help young players develop and therefore he has every chance of making the grade in the North East.