Sunderland have confirmed a double transfer boost, regarding their deadline day loan signings Ron-Thorben Hoffmann and Leon Dajaku
Sunderland completed two deadline day signings on Tuesday as they brought in German duo Ron-Thorben Hoffmann and Leon Hoffmann on loan from Bayern Munich and Union Berlin respectively.
The official club Twitter account then released a statement confirming that the loan deals for both players come with options to sign them permanently next summer.
Sunderland fans will surely be excited by this news as it means that the club will not be left in the lurch if Hoffmann and/or Hoffmann go on to have a great season in League One.
Had the Black Cats not been able to agree on an option to sign them permanently then they could have been left scrambling to bring them back to the club next summer if they enjoy successful campaigns.
However, Kristjaan Speakman has ensured that the club will be able to tie both of them up for the long-term should they decide in 2022 that the players are worth keeping around.
Following the arrival of Hoffmann, Lee Johnson hailed the German as ‘elite’ on the ball and explained why he is excited to work with him. He said:
“Thorben is elite on the ball in terms of playing out from the back and he has great pedigree from his learning process and the way that German clubs coach, especially Bayern Munich. Like all young goalkeepers he has areas of his game to work on, but he’s agile and an outstanding shot-stopper in close quarters. We are really excited to add another quality goalkeeper to our stable, as we continue to drive competition and quality.”
On Dajaku, Johnson said:
“Leon is a really interesting player – he’s a top prospect with good ability, agility and quality – so we are looking forward to adding him to the squad and working with him. He’s a hungry player that has shown a strong attitude and desire to come to Sunderland and grow with us, which is exactly what we want.”
This shows how highly Johnson rates the pair, but it remains to be seen how good they will be when it comes to the real stuff in League One. They both need to show that they have the quality to play at this level, and potentially the Championship, to help Sunderland get promoted back to the second tier.
For now, though, fans can start to get excited about what they could bring to the team and the prospect of signing them permanently in 2022. The supporters should be delighted and excited that the futures of both players are ultimately in Sunderland’s hands.