Gabbiadini reacts to Sunderland signing Hjelde

Leo Hjelde
Leo Hjelde

Sunderland legend Marco Gabbiadini reacted to the signing of Leo Hjelde from Leeds on BBC Radio Newcastle's Total Sport last night:

"It's another one of those players coming in that we don't know too much about.

"We're going to have to suck it and see, I suppose because he doesn't bring a wealth of experience with him. It's hard not to and I don't want to be critical but it's going to be a learning curve.

"Hopefully from the data and the analytics that they've used to recruit him, if he gets the minutes, he will hit where they think he should be and prove a valuable player.

"It's worked with a number of the players. Let's hope it's another one that rolls off the ranks but it hasn't all gone to plan so we'll have to wait and see.

"Sorry for sounding a little bit underwhelmed but he's not a big name player coming in or an experienced player.

"So, we know what to expect as far as the reaction to these things but, and I don't want to be disrespectful to the player himself because he's been training with Leeds and near the first team. If you get to that level, you're doing well.

"So, let's hope he can come and prove it in red and white stripes."