Sunderland are currently loving life in League One right now – they’re top of the league after five matches and with a blend of young signings, experienced heads and academy prospects the future looks bright under Lee Johnson.
Disappointment obviously came in the play-offs last season against Lincoln City but it was important for the Black Cats to start this season well, and they gave their fans something to cheer about as well on transfer deadline day.
The Wearsiders had already done some solid recruiting in the transfer window and on August 31 they secured the double loan signing of goalkeeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann from Bayern Munich and Union Berlin forward Leon Dajaku, with the option to make both permanent.
A former Bayern Munich player himself, let’s take a look at Dajaku’s career so far and how he’s fared before ending up at the Stadium of Light.
The 20-year-old’s youth career saw him start at Stuttgart in 2014, spending five years there before being snapped up by Bayern Munich in 2019 after making two Bundesliga appearances.
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He made two Bundesliga appearances for the German giants in the 2019-20 campaign but spent much of his time in the club’s reserve side, scoring four times that season before bagging three goals in 15 outings in 2020-21.
Dajaku secured himself a loan move to Bundesliga side Union Berlin in January 2021 with the hope of gaining more first-team experience, but the youngster managed to get on the pitch just twice.
Regardless, Berlin decided to trigger the option to make the deal permanent but on the very same day decided that his best course of development would be to spend the campaign in England.
Despite being a forward, Dajaku is not an out-and-out striker and fans can expect to see him out wide as another option to compliment the likes of Lynden Gooch and Aiden McGeady going forward.