Sunderland have been handed a potential boost in their pursuit of Nottingham Forest’s Jordan Gabriel.
Nottingham Forest have officially completed the signing of right-back Jordi Osei-Tutu on a season-long loan from Arsenal, potentially opening up the door for Sunderland to land Jordan Gabriel before the end of the window.
The Sun on Sunday (8th August, page 67), reported earlier this month that the Championship side would be willing to cash in on the right-back if they are able to bring in a replacement. Football Insider reported Sunderland’s interest in his services, with Lee Johnson looking to improve his squad before the end of the month.
Now that Forest have sourced a potential replacement for Gabriel, in Osei-Tutu, Sunderland could now be clear to steam on ahead of and secure a deal for the defender. The second-tier outfit are now able to cash in on the right-back knowing that they have another body in the door, which means that Kristjaan Speakman should be ready to strike to swoop him up.
Sunderland fans will be buzzing as Gabriel could be a fantastic addition to the squad. He played 29 games for Blackpool as they won promotion to the Championship in the 2020/21 campaign, starting 18 of those matches. This shows that he played an important role in a team capable of getting out of the division, which should be Sunderland’s goal this term.
In those games, he averaged a solid SofaScore rating of 6.75. The 22-year-old made 1.7 tackles and interceptions per game, whilst committing zero errors leading to goals or shots in the entire campaign – suggesting that he is a reliable defender at League One level.
Former Liverpool coach Neil Critchley hailed Gabriel as talented upon signing him for Blackpool last season. He said:
“Jordan is a talented modern day full-back, and is someone I have been aware of from his early years at Arsenal and Nottingham Forest.
“He will bring athleticism to the right-hand side of the team, and he is very good defensively in one v one situations. He’s very highly thought of at Nottingham Forest and we’re thankful to them for allowing us to sign Jordan for the season.”
Therefore, the £2.1k-per-week dynamo could be a fine addition to Johnson’s squad. He has shown that he can be a good option in the third tier and that he knows what it takes to get promoted to the Championship.
Hopefully, Sunderland can strike a deal for him and he can taste back-to-back promotions in his career.