Buckley’s loan move to Leeds was confirmed today, and speaking to the official Whites website, the winger has explained the reasons behind his move to Elland Road.
The 25-year-old said: “I wanted to go out and get some games at a big club and Leeds was the perfect opportunity for me to do that. There was interest in the summer but after the transfer window closed Leeds were still there and they showed they were keen to get me. I’ve got a point to prove that I can get back to the Premier League. To play games and to perform well is my aim now.”
Buckley arrives on an emergency loan, meaning he is available from this weekend’s game with Birmingham City up to January 2, when Leeds take on MK Dons.
The winger, naturally a left-sided player, but also able to feature on the right, has not played for Sunderland this season, failing to even make a matchday squad under Dick Advocaat for either Premier League or League Cup.
Despite his lack of top flight football, Leeds have pulled off something of a coup to agree a deal with Buckley, considering his experience and proven talent in the Championship.
He played 109 games for Brighton, helping them to the play-offs, after originally moving to the second tier and establishing himself at Watford, as a tricky winger with a keen eye for goal.
His star has waned in recent months, and his spell at Sunderland has done much to decrease his reputation, but Buckley has now moved to a club where he should be playing consistent first-team football.
Elland Road is the perfect place for Buckely to restore his reputation, and as the winger has something to prove, it could be that he is one of the signings of the season in the second tier.