Sunderland have today completed the signing of left-back Jake Vokins from Southampton, who joins on loan until the end of the season.
Vokins becomes Lee Johnson’s second January signing following midfielder Carl Winchester’s arrival at the Stadium of Light earlier this transfer window. He will now compete with fellow left-back Callum McFadzean for a first-team place. Johnson was keen to add to his options in this area due to the injury to first-choice Denver Hume.
Sunderland Sign Southampton Left-Back Jake Vokins
Can’t Wait to Get Started
Following his arrival on Wearside, new loan signing Vokins admitted that he can’t wait to get started.
The left-back told Sunderland’s official website: “I want to come here and play games, and help the team get promoted this season.
“I feel I can bring my qualities to the team; I’m good on the ball and I can deliver crosses, so hopefully that allows the team to score more goals. It’s a big club and I can’t wait to get started.”
Lee Johnson Looking Forward to Working With Vokins
Following the unveiling of his second signing of the transfer window, Lee Johnson admitted that he is looking forward to working with the 20-year-old. He said: “Jake is a bright young player, who is clearly rated by Southampton. Our full-backs have a similar philosophy to him – defensively and offensively – so we think he will fit in nicely and we are looking forward to working with him. We are grateful to Southampton for entrusting us with his development.”
Who is Jake Vokins?
The 20-year-old left-back has spent his entire career at Southampton. The highly-regarded youngster has worked his way through the ranks at St Mary’s and has been included in the Saints first-team squad this season. He has been given opportunities in cup competitions and recently played in the FA Cup against Arsenal.
Vokins is a full-back who likes to get forward and get crosses into the box. Southampton boss Ralf Hasenhuttl recently said this of his player following him signing a new contract: “He is calm on the ball but also brave, and I like this attribute in my players. He must keep working hard on his game, and we will be sure to do this with him.
“There are many areas that he can improve in further, so this is a good opportunity for him to make the most of his potential.”
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