Hjelde reacts to Sunderland debut

Leo Hjelde running toward ball during Middlesbrough v Sunderland
Leo Hjelde running toward ball during Middlesbrough v Sunderland

Leo Hjelde has spoken to BBC Radio Newcastle's Sunderland commentator Nick Barnes after making his debut for the Black Cats.

The Norwegian said, "It wasn't something I was expecting but it was something I was hoping for, so yeah, very pleased with the news and yeah, it was great."

On the draw with Middlesbrough, Hjelde reflected, "I felt like first half we should have put away a couple of chances to be honest.

"We started the second half a bit scrappy. So, we just had to dig in and obviously after the goal it's a bit tough.

"They had the momentum but it felt like we brought it back and at the end we probably could have got something more but pleased with one point on the road."

Through the interview we also found his favoured position, wanting to get forward and working hard to stay in the team:

"My preferred position is centre-back but listen, like, I'll play anywhere. If the gaffer wants me to play striker, I'll play striker.

"For me, it's just getting game time, being involved in the squads and in the team so for me I was very pleased."

"We know Clarkey likes to go 1v1 so, they said like sit back a bit and control the game but obviously when the opportunity comes I like to get forward and be involved in the play."

"I'll work as hard as I can and try and stay in the team, hopefully. We've got a great team here as well so it'll be tough competition for the places but I'm ready for what my job is and hopefully we can get the work done."

Hjelde has also spoken about quickly settling in at Sunderland:

"The coaching staff and the players have been really, really great with me. I've settled in quite quickly. Obviously it's a young dressing room so it's quite easy for me."

"I love him [Luke O'Nien]. Very vocal, helps me out when I need a couple words. I sit with him in the dressing room. It's been great so far. Hopefully I don't get on his bad side for sure."

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