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‘What a response’, ‘Giving LJ a nudge’ – Many Sunderland fans react to player’s eye-catching display for U23s

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Sunderland forward Benji Kimpioka marked his return to the club with a hat-trick for the U23s yesterday, which has caused quite a stir among many Black Cats fans. 

The 21-year-old recently returned to the North East after a difficult 28-day loan with National League Southend United, which saw him feature just twice in total.

Yesterday, Lee Johnson told the Sunderland Echo that Kimpioka “has got a bit to do” to break into his senior squad in what he described as “a period in his career and his life now where he’s got to grow up in terms of that maturity on and off the pitch”.

It didn’t take the Sweden youth international long to respond to the manager’s comments as he played a starring role in the U23s 3-0 win against Reading yesterday.

The young Black Cats were in fantastic form despite the recent exit of academy boss Elliott Dickman but there was no doubt that Kimpioka was the standout man down in Berkshire.

Tyrese Dyce teed him up for his opener in the first half while he added a second from the penalty spot after the break and then completed his hat-trick in style in the dying embers of the game.

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His performance for the U23s has certainly caught the eye of Sunderland fans, many of whom took to Twitter to voice their thoughts…


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: ‘What a response’, ‘Giving LJ a nudge’ – Many Sunderland fans react to player’s eye-catching display for U23s

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