Steve Evans understands why Will Buckley has returned to Sunderland

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The winger has not been in form since arriving at Leeds United from the Black Cats.

Leeds United have been in the hunt for new players in recent weeks and the deal for Liam Bridcutt has been a long and protracted affair.

But finally they got their man. Leeds United snapped up Liam Bridcutt on loan from Sunderland earlier today ahead of competition from Reading and Cardiff City.

But with one man coming in at Leeds from Sunderland another went out. Winger Will Buckley was recalled by Sunderland today after failing to have an impact at Elland Road.

Leeds signed him under former boss Uwe Rosler - who was desperate to get players in to fit his 4-3-3 formation.

Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that he understands why he has been taken back:

"I think Sunderland were a little frustrated that he hadn't had the game time that was probably outlined to him by my predecessor.

"I can't sit here and say whether that was right or wrong. All I know is that since I've come into the football club we've predominantly put Stuart Dallas there who is a top player for this football club.

"So I can understand why Sunderland, in consultation with Will, wish to go back there. It wouldn't be a surprise to me to see him go out on loan elsewhere today.

"He is a young man who in my short time here conducted himself in a real professional manner."

It makes sense for Buckley to return. He has not played for Leeds since a 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers on the 24th October and his impact has been minimal.

His departure frees up space for the likes of Jordan Botaka or perhaps a young talent to make a fist of the first-team in the weeks to come.

Buckley will now be hoping to turn things around after his Elland Road nightmare.

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