The Swedish attacker said: “I have had opportunities to come to the Premier League before. A couple of years ago it looked like I would be joining Liverpool when Roy Hodgson was there. Not fighting hard enough for that to happen is something I regret in my life.”
Toivonen completed a season-long loan switch to the Black Cats towards the close of the transfer window, and he will be hoping to play a role in keeping Dick Advocaat’s team in the Premier League.
The 29-year-old has played under Advocaat before, and he brings experience of a number of top leagues to the Stadium of Light, whilst he is both a consistent goalscorer and a solid creative presence.
It is hard to see where he will fit into the Dutch coach’s set-up, with Advocaat preferring a loan forward system, but when selected Toivonen does add an attacking threat to the side.
He has proven himself for many years now, and the failed move to Liverpool was not the only time he came close to making the switch to the Premier League. The report claims that Newcastle entered into protracted negotiations with Toivonen back in 2010, which eventually came to nothing, whilst Norwich City always attempted to sign him 18 months ago.
However, that also came to nothing, and he moved to Rennes instead, and it is from the Ligue 1 side that the attacker has moved to Wearside on a season-long loan deal.
The Swedish attacker made his debut for the Black Cats at the end of August, registering an assist in 45 minutes of action against Aston Villa, and he will be hoping to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League this season.