Birmingham City have completed the signing of Will Buckley from Premier League side Sunderland. The Championship play-off chasers have signed the former Leeds United loanee on a one-month deal. He is set to make his debut in tomorrow’s clash with Derby County.
The 26-year-old moved to the Black Cats in August 2014 for a fee believed to be in the region of £2-3million following an impressive spell with Brighton & Hove Albion. Prior to that he began his career with Rochdale, before he soon made headlines for his fine performances, then earning a move to Watford. He had a spell on loan at Elland Road earlier this season, playing a handful of times, the first of which was against Birmingham City.
Gary Rowett has been looking to strengthen in the winger position ever since Demarai Gray left to join Premier League title contenders Leicester City, although he doesn’t see him as a direct replacement. He firmly believes Buckley to be an immediate asset,
“Will is a player that we really like. We’ve had good examples across the board, in our previous club and also in this one where we’ve got players back on track.
The likes of Jacques Maghoma is a really good case in point where people doubt the signing maybe a little bit at first. I see Will as one of those players.
He carries the ball up the pitch and he’s got great athleticism and energy and pace and he’s also got a little bit of Premier League quality in the final third which was what I think took him to Sunderland in the first place for something like £3million.
He had a spell at Leeds where he just struggled with a little injury there for two or three games which stopped him from progressing. And obviously the change of manager.”
Buckley has been assigned the number 30 squad number with the Blues. It remains to be seen if he will be thrown straight in for his debut at the iPro Stadium tomorrow, but over time he is sure to stamp his own authority with Birmingham City. For a month at least, it seems like a calculated and sensible signing.