Swedish youngster Benji Kimpioka looks set to leave Sunderland this month as his current contract comes to an end.
With the League One season now determined by a points-per-game system, the Black Cats must go back to the drawing board as they embark on a third successive season in England’s third tier.
Manager Phil Parkinson will have his work cut out over the next month to negotiate new deals with no fewer than 11 first team players, includes Chris Maguire, Tom Flanagan and Jon McLaughlin, being out of contract this summer. The latter is expected to sign a deal with Championship side Blackburn Rovers, whilst interest could emerge for the likes of Maguire.
Another player free to leave the Stadium of Light at the end of this month is Swedish youth international Kimpioka.
The 20-year-old arrived on Wearside back in 2016 and he has made an impression, making several appearances for the club’s first team whilst also appearing for his country’s under-21 team. Making four appearances in League One for Sunderland this term, the young forward netted one goal and his promising rise to the first team was expected to see him play a bigger part.
However, his expiring deal is yet to be renewed and comments from his agent have now indicated that the absence of contract negotiations could signal an end to his time at the club.
“In February 2019 I pointed out that the first step for us was to know if Benjamin was considered good enough to be a first team squad player,” Martin Klette is quoted as saying by Sunderland Echo. “Since then there has been no real discussions about a new contract.”
Kimpioka can hardly be blamed for seeking a first team future at Sunderland, especially given the promise he had shown in this time with the Black Cats.
The young striker looks to have a promising future but, if he is not going to get regular first team action at League One for Sunderland, he would be justified in looking to move on this summer.
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