Virgo explains how Buckley is going to help Leeds, highlights a concern

Sunderland winger Will Buckley will join Leeds United on an emergency loan next week.

Former Celtic player Adam Virgo has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that Sunderland winger Will Buckley will prove to be a good signing for Leeds United.

Buckley will join Championship outfit Leeds on an emergency loan deal week and will remain at Elland Road until January 2.

The 25-year-old former Brighton & Hove Albion man was not named in Sunderland’s 25-man Premier League squad and has not featured in any competitive game for the Black Cats so far this season.

Former Brighton player Virgo, who now works as a pundit for Channel 5, believes that Buckley is a good signing for Leeds and has explained what he will bring to Uwe Rosler’s team.

Create chances

“He’ll help Uwe (Rosler) because he’s versatile,” the 32-year-old told The Yorkshire Evening Post. “In a 4-3-3 formation he can play left or right without a problem. He’s right-footed but he puts in a decent delivery from both sides.

“He’s naturally quick and away from home he’s very good at carrying the ball 20 or 30 yards upfield, taking the pressure off.”

“The way he plays will let Uwe’s midfielders get into the box more,” added Virgo. “I think you’ll see more chances created for the likes of Chris Wood. That’s his game and that’s what he does.”


Virgo, though, has a concern regarding Buckley: his confidence.

“But my only concern with him would be confidence,” said the former Celtic man. “He’s a confidence player. On his day he’s almost unplayable.

“On a Tuesday night you’d watch a game and think ‘Will Buckley’s the reason Brighton got three points’.

“Then on Saturday he wouldn’t see so much of the ball, he’d get frustrated and go into his shell pretty quickly. Wingers can be like that.”

Time will tell

Buckley has not not played much football recently, which means that he will take some time to gel at Leeds.

The key to getting the best out of the winger is to make him feel wanted and give him confidence.

During his time at Brighton, the 25-year-old showed what he is capable of in the Championship.

If the Englishman gets a run of games and is allowed to play the way he wants to, then he could prove to be a valuable signing for Leeds.

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