Sunderland have completed the signing of Fleetwood Town midfielder Jay Matete. Reports in the Sunderland Echo and the East Anglian Daily Times suggested that both Sunderland and Ipswich Town were chasing Matete. However, it also appeared that the Black Cats were winning the race and Sunderland have now confirmed the deal for the 20-year-old.
The Black Cats were struggling for numbers in midfield and will be delighted to have strengthened this area of the field. Despite not having a head coach, Sunderland have still managed to strengthen their squad with recruitment led by sporting director Kristjaan Speakman.
Jay Matete Signs for Sunderland
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Young Midfielder Delighted to Be at Sunderland
Speaking after his move was confirmed early on Tuesday morning, Matete said: “I’m delighted to sign for a club of this stature and I can’t wait to get started. Everything happened so quickly, but it’s brilliant to get the deal done and I’m excited for what the future holds. I’ve watched the club from a young age and I’m looking forward to getting out there at the Stadium of Light in front of the supporters.”
Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman added: “Jay is a dynamic and versatile midfielder and we are delighted to welcome him to Sunderland AFC. He is a highly sought-after talent and throughout the season he has attracted admirers from the Premier League and the Championship, which not only highlights the level of his performances but also his outstanding potential. We believe that we have the optimal environment in place to maximise his ability and we look forward to supporting him in his development, as he takes the next step in his career.”
Who is Jay Matete?
Part of Reading’s Academy, London-born Matete made the switch to Fleetwood in 2019. He made his debut in the same year and spent a season on loan at Grimsby Town during the 2020/21 season gaining valuable first-team experience. This term he has established himself in the Fleetwood side making 25 appearances so far and scoring two goals for the Cod Army.
A defensive midfielder, Matete is is a powerful and athletic midfield presence in the centre of the park. The youngster is the type of player Sunderland have missed when things haven’t gone their way at times this season.
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