Former Leeds United midfielder David Norris has admitted that he found it surprising that the club decided to sell right back Niall Huggins to Sunderland this summer, during an exclusive interview with Football League World.
The 20-year-old completed a permanent move from Yorkshires to the North East and has signed a four year contract with the Black Cats as he looks to take his career to the next level.
Huggins originally joined up with Leeds’ academy some years ago but in the end only managed to make one senior appearance at Elland Road as he eventually went on to depart for a new challenge this summer.
A versatile player, a lot of big things were expected of Huggins and it will have come as a surprise to some people that Leeds decided to let him go as easily as they did this summer.
Now Norris has weighed in with his verdict on the decision during his recent interview with FLW, as he stated the following on Huggins’ move to Sunderland:
“That one was a bit surprising, especially as he signed a new deal at Leeds not long ago. So you would’ve expected him to go on loan really in order to see how he got on.
“To have recently signed a contract and then let him go permanently whilst he is still developing and has potential is a bit of a risk and it could come back to bite Leeds further down the line.”
Huggins has already made one appearance for Sunderland so far in the Carabao Cup and will be looking to nail down a starting spot under Lee Johnson moving forwards at the Stadium of Light after making the decision to leave Leeds and Elland Road behind.
Only time will tell if he has made the right decision.