An replace has emerged on Sunderland and their pursuit of defensive reinforcements earlier than the summer time switch window formally slams shut tonight.
What is the newest Sunderland switch information?
In line with French outlet L’Equipe, the Black Cats have reached an settlement with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain over a deal to signal defender Timothee Pembele.
The report claims that the 20-year-old gem is about to signal a long-term contract with the English membership earlier than this night’s deadline, though there isn’t any point out of how a lot Kristjaan Speakman has agreed to pay for his companies.
This comes amid the news that USA worldwide Lynden Gooch is poised to finish a everlasting transfer to Championship rivals Stoke Metropolis to hyperlink up with former boss Alex Neil on a two-year contract.
The attainable swoop for Pembele may observe on from the signing of Chelsea centre-forward Mason Burstow, who’s now reportedly on the verge of sealing a mortgage transfer to the Stadium of Gentle from the Premier League group on deadline day.
How good is Timothee Pembele?
On the age of 20, the PSG prospect is a participant who may are available in as a long-term addition to the group somewhat than one with the expectation of constructing a direct affect on the pitch.
He may very well be a unbelievable substitute for Gooch because the French expertise is seven years youthful than the Black Cats academy graduate and has extra potential to develop right into a beginning XI high quality participant, whereas the American is already in his prime years and will not have as a lot progress to undergo.
The 27-year-old performed 30 Championship matches for Sunderland final season and misplaced 50% of his particular person duels, while he was additionally dribbled previous 0.7 instances per sport.
Pembele, in the meantime, performed 5 Ligue 1 matches for PSG and caught the attention together with his defensive work. He gained a powerful 71% of his floor battles and 65% of his contests general, while solely being dribbled previous 0.4 instances per outing, as per Sofascore.
This implies that the previous Bordeaux loanee may provide extra bodily power than Gooch, by being extra environment friendly in his duels on the pitch, while additionally not permitting opposition gamers to seek out it as simple to take the ball previous him.
The 6-foot ace, who was hailed as one among a variety of “gold” French talents by scout Jacek Kulig, solely has 24 Ligue 1 starts in his profession thus far however his very good statistics in restricted minutes final time period point out that the potential is there for him to be a powerful choice for Tony Mowbray.
His versatility may additionally make him a dream substitute for Gooch because the France U23 worldwide is capable of playing on the wing, at right-back, on the coronary heart of the defence, or at left-back, while the soon-to-be Stoke participant has performed each position on the pitch except for goalkeeper and centre-back.
Due to this fact, Pembele may very well be a unbelievable signing to make up for the academy graduate’s pending exit to the Potters resulting from his potential, defensive power, and flexibility, which is why this seems to be a shrewd piece of deadline day enterprise by the membership.