July 20, 2024

Why Leeds is approving Leo Hjelde’s transfer to Sunderland and what the Cats fans should anticipate from him

Leo Hjelde, a defender for Leeds, is almost signed by Sunderland, but what can supporters anticipate?

After spending last season on loan at Rotherham, the 20-year-old has only made one Championship appearance for Leeds and is anticipated to sign a long-term contract with the Black Cats. We spoke with Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Joe Donnohue about the Norwegian defender in an attempt to learn more.

Youth Report: Leo Hjelde – The next van Dijk? - The Leeds Press

 

JD: “Hjelde performed well on loan at Rotherham last season, and he showed promise with the U21s. However, he hasn’t really taken off at Leeds. He quickly established himself as a fringe first-team player.” Because of the frequent turnover of managers and the ephemeral nature of opportunities, one must continuously establish his worth. He appeared wobbly when he first started this season playing the odd game at left back and hasn’t appeared since.”

JD: “He has played for both his club and his country. He is a left-back or left-sided center-back.” Usually plays left center defense for Leeds and their 21s and left center back for Norway’s U21s.”

JD: “His physicality and ability to manage himself in a duels are his key strengths, but his one-on-one defense is perhaps a little lackluster, especially when he plays left back. I have always believed that his

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