Virgo expects Buckley to shine at Leeds United

Rob Conlon
Will Buckley: The Sunderland winger is set to join Leeds United on loan until January

Adam Virgo believes Will Buckley will be a “great” signing for Leeds United, with the winger set to join the Whites on loan from Sunderland.

Buckley, who impressed as part of the Brighton side which reached the Championship play-offs in successive seasons, found first-team opportunities at Sunderland limited since he joined the club in a £2.5million transfer last summer.

However former Brighton defender Virgo, who is now a pundit for Channel Five, has tipped the winger to show his quality at Elland Road.

“Clubs have seen what he’s capable of in the Championship. Sunderland doesn’t change that,” Virgo said.

“In the Championship you’d call him a very good signing, a winger who clubs who want to sign. He’ll help Uwe [Rosler] because he’s versatile.

“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.

“That’s a pretty valuable skill in the Championship because Championship teams don’t keep the ball that well. There’s a lot of transition. The way he plays will let Uwe’s midfielders get into the box more.

“I think you’ll see more chances created for the likes of Chris Wood. That’s his game and that’s what he does.”

Buckley was wanted by a host of clubs over the summer, but his wage demands meant a move never came to fruition.

However the 25-year-old started training with the Whites this week, and the deal is expected to be completed next week, allowing Buckley to make his debut against Birmingham next Saturday.

“My only concern with him would be confidence. He’s a confidence playe,” Virgo told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“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.

“Leeds needed to sign someone like him and at his best the fans will love the way he plays. Fans always love a winger who runs at defenders and managers do too.

“It might not have worked out at Sunderland but it’s not a surprise that so many Championship clubs wanted him. He’s a great signing in this league.”