January 28, 2024

Sunderland want to sign Leeds United’s “the next Van Dijk.”



As the January transfer window comes to an end, Sunderland is interested in acquiring Leeds United’s Leo Hjelde.


That is according to writer Alan Nixon of The Sun, who has reported on the kind of trade Sunderland is looking for in exchange for Hjelde, who is expected to succeed Virgil van Dijk.


What then has been said regarding Leo Hjelde, Leeds United, and Sunderland? Let’s examine this.


Leo Hjelde, a defender for Leeds United, is wanted by Sunderland.

Sunderland wants to sign Leeds United defender Leo Hjelde before the January transfer window ends, according to journalist Alan Nixon of The Sun on Patreon.


Former Celtic defender Hjelde is being pursued by Sunderland, who recently hired former Rangers manager Michael Beale, on a loan basis.


The Scottish Sun claims that Sunderland wants the 20-year-old to cover the back line.


In my opinion, Leo Hjelde ought to think about loan withdrawal

I believe that Leo Hjelde, the Leeds United defender, needs to give Sunderland’s request for him to be on loan some serious thought.


Hjelde has a lot of potential and is highly regarded. Even though he is only 20 years old, I think the Norway Under-21 international will continue to improve and advance in his career.



John Hughes has predicted that the 20-year-old will follow in the footsteps of Virgil van Dijk. The Netherlands and Liverpool international is regarded as one of the world’s top defenders.


Hughes managed Ross County from December 2020 to the conclusion of the 2020–21 campaign.


Hjelde spent January 2021 through the end of the 2020–21 season on loan at County from Celtic.


Leo Hjelde

ELCHE, SPAIN – DECEMBER 08: Leo Fuhr Hjelde of Leeds United looks on during the friendly match between Elche CF and Leeds United at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on December 08, 2022 in Elche, Spain. 

In April 2021, Hughes spoke with BBC Sport about Hjelde. “I promise you that Leo will be the next Van Dijk.


Leo has had an amazing experience because to the quality he has displayed, the physical challenge, playing true men’s football, and rising to the occasion.


Leeds United had been after him before he arrived. I believe that in order for the loan to proceed, he had to sign a contract extension.


Over the entire season, Hjelde has only played 46 minutes in the Championship. It is obvious that Leeds head coach Daniel Farke does not believe he is ready to start.


In the upcoming weeks and months, the young defender may use a little bit of playing time.


And in my opinion, Hjelde ought to accept that offer from Sunderland.

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