Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson has backed the club’s new signing Arbenit Xhemajli will adapt quickly to the English game.
The Kosovo international has put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light after spending time on trial during pre-season, featuring against Gateshead in a game which the League One side won 3-1.
Xhemajli becomes Parkinson’s fifth signing this summer, arriving after a six-figure compensation package was agreed with his former club Neuchatel Xamax.
Following the defender’s arrival on Wearside, Parkinson said: “We’re trying to build a team that can step onto the opposition and be aggressive in the way we play. He has that physicality, but he’s also a good footballer. There will be a period of adaptation for him, but he’s a player who wants to learn and one who I think will be a quick learner.”
The defender is no stranger to first team football, having made his first-team debut back in 2017 and played more than 50 times in the Swiss leagues since then.
Xhemajli will not be eligible to feature in today’s Carabao Cup clash against Hull City but could be given his debut in the League One opener against Bristol Rovers next Saturday.
Xhemalji’s signing looks like something of a gamble, with the 22-year-old having no prior experience of English football. However, it’s one which could yet pay off for Parkinson and the Black Cats boss seems to believe that the Kosovo international will come good on Wearside.
The manager seemed convinced that his new signing will adapt quickly to life in English football and that could give the defender a motivational boost to repay the faith shown in him from the manager.
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