Taking to his personal Twitter account following his move to Sunderland, Ola Toivonen tweeted his delight at signing for the Wearside club on a season-long loan deal.
Very happy to sign for this amazing club. pic.twitter.com/YxLEYm0Rkq— Ola Toivonen (@OlaToivonen20) August 28, 2015
Toivonen moved to the Stadium of Light from Ligue 1 club Rennes, agreeing a season-long loan switch from the French side to reunite with former boss Dick Advocaat.
The 29-year-old Swedish international is a talented player, able to feature as both a creative midfielder or in a more natural striking role. He will bring a touch of class to the Sunderland ranks, but it is hard to suggest that the Black Cats needed to sign him.
Toivonen fixes no real weakness in their squad, and his signing appears to have been made for the sake of bringing in a new player, rather than to improve Advocaat’s selection of players.
A winger is much more of a necessity, and it is a struggle to see where Toivonen fits into Advocaat’s team. He will not displace Jermain Defoe as the lone forward, as he does not provide a better goalscoring threat, whilst the Swedish star can not play on the wings in a 4-3-3 system.
He could feature as the attacking player in the three-man midfield, but he lacks the mobility to get up and down the pitch consistently.
Toivonen is a good player, and he could be a success with the Black Cats, but right now it is intriguing to see where Advocaat fits the attacking midfielder into his team.