Leeds-linked Ivan Sunjic praised after Birmingham display

Ivan Sunjic of Croatia controls the ball during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group C match between Croatia and England at San Marino Stadium on June 24, 2019 in Serravalle, Italy.

The Leeds United-linked midfielder dazzled for Birmingham City last night.

Stuart Dallas of Northern Ireland and Toni Sunjic of Bosnia-Herzegovina during the UEFA Nations League B group three match between Northern Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Windsor Park...

A certain Ivan Sunjic was said to be on Leeds United's radar during the summer.

According to The Daily Mail, the Championship leaders had a bid rejected for the 22-year-old midfielder, amid speculation of Kalvin Phillips leaving Elland Road.

Phillips wound up staying at Leeds - and later signing a new contract - while Sunjic ultimately joined Birmingham City in a £6 million deal [Mail].

The Championship can be an intimidating league for foreign imports, but Sunjic has enjoyed a brilliant start and it got even better on Friday.

 

The Croatia international played a blinder in the Blues' 2-1 win over Middlesbrough last night, stationing himself as Pep Clotet's sentry in midfield, constantly breaking up the visitors' attacks.

Here's how Birmingham fans reacted to his display:

Leeds, who focused mainly on loan signings this past summer, would not have splurged the £6 million that City did anyway, so they didn't exactly miss out.

But it's clear to see that Sunjic is a fantastic talent and Marcelo Bielsa was certainly on the right track in wanting him in West Yorkshire.

Preston North End's Daniel Johnson in action with Birmingham City's Ivan Sunjic during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Preston North End at St Andrew's Trillion...

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