Leeds United are signing a “quality Championship winger” and a “good egg” in Sunderland’s Will Buckley, according to former Brighton defender Adam Virgo.
Virgo said he expected Buckley to stake a claim for a permanent transfer to Elland Road after the 25-year-old agreed to join Leeds on a three-month loan next week.
A deal between United and Sunderland is already in place and Buckley began training with Leeds at Thorp Arch yesterday but the 93-day deal – the maximum allowed under Football League rules – has been delayed to ensure that it runs to the start of the January transfer window.
Buckley will miss Sunday’s clash with Middlesbrough and is due to officially join United in time to make his debut against Birmingham City a week on Saturday.
The winger is returning to a league he knows well after playing in the Championship for three seasons with Brighton and one with Watford.
Oldham-born Buckley appeared in the Championship play-offs twice with Brighton before earning a £2.5m move to Sunderland last summer. He is surplus to requirements at the Stadium of Light, however, just 12 months into a three-year contract.
Virgo, who spent two different spells at Brighton, told the YEP: “From what I know of him he’s quiet and humble. He’s a good egg and as well as getting a quality Championship winger, Leeds are getting a player with the right sort of attitude.
“I’ve seen it before where after a couple of games you look at a loan player and think ‘he’s not really interested.’ They’ve sometimes got the fall-back of their parent club at the back of their minds. I think he’ll be very different.
“He’ll look at this as a potentially permanent move because he doesn’t seem to have a future at Sunderland. That makes a massive difference, no matter a player’s ability. Sometimes personality is the biggest factor in whether these moves work.”