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Sunderland: Kevin Phillips “excited” by Aiden O’Brien’s arrival

Sunderland: Kevin Phillips “excited” by Aiden O’Brien’s arrival - Sunderland News

Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has revealed his excitement over the club’s new signing Aiden O’Brien.

Having finished the 2019/20 season eighth in League One, Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson is working on strengthening his squad ahead of the upcoming campaign.

One particular area that Parkinson may be keen to enhance is in attack, having seen the likes of Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke fail to find consistent form, and the signing of O’Brien should add extra quality to Sunderland’s forward line.

O’Brien arrived at Sunderland as a free agent after featuring for Championship side Millwall last season, making a total of 21 appearances in all competitions and netting four goals.

Phillips, who speaks regularly with Football Insider about developments at the Stadium of Light, said: “I have made some enquiries because I know the people down at Millwall and they have given me some very good feedback about him.

“I am excited to see this kid perform in League One.

“He has a bit of everything about him. He can play as a nine, a ten and he can play out wide. A player that gets himself in the box and can score a goal. I am very excited to see this lad play.”

Aside from having plenty of experience in the Football League, with 226 appearances in total for Millwall, O’Brien has also featured at international level for Republic of Ireland, winning five caps for his country.

O’Brien looks like a tremendous signing for Sunderland and one that could hand them an experienced forward option of international quality.

Phillips is obviously excited to see him play and that could whet the appetite of Black Cats supporters to see the Irishman in action at the Stadium of Light.

How do you think O’Brien will get on for Sunderland? Let us know in the comments section below…

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