Everything you need to know about Sunderland-linked ex-Middlesbrough winger Junior Mondal

Sunderland are reportedly interested in former Middlesbrough winger Junior Mondal - but who is he?

Tuesday, 11th September 2018, 11:01 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th September 2018, 11:07 am
Junior Mondel (left) has been linked with a move to Sunderland.

The 21-year-old is currently plying his trade at Evo-Stik Premier North side Whitby Town, after recently signing a new contract with the Seasiders.

Jack Ross would have to wait until January to make a move for the player, but according to journalist Pete O'Rourke, the Black Cats are one of a number of Football League clubs who are monitoring the player.

READ: Sunderland linked with swoop for ex-Middlesbrough wingerDespite their attempts, Sunderland were unable to sign another winger during the summer transfer window, and it's a void which Mondel could fill.

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Here's what we know about him.

What's his background?

Mondal came through the Middlesbrough youth racks before signing his first professional contract in 2013.

The talented winger was a star performer for the under-18 side and was part of Boro's treble-winning under-21 squad, who won the league title, FA North Riding Senior Cup and the final Third Development League Cup in the 2014/15.

Mondel also impressed when Boro competed in the UEFA Youth League, but was surprisingly released in June 2017 following a series of injuries.

Following trials at Aberdeen, Mondel has rebuilt his career at Whitby Town who he joined in November 2017.

What type of player is he?

When Mondel signed a new deal at Whitby, the club's website described him as a winger with 'blistering pace'.

Town boss Chris Hardy said at the time: “Junior is an exciting talent. He’s in a good place at the moment.

“We’re hopeful of getting him regular football and getting him on the scoresheet regularly as well.

“Hopefully if he performs regularly, it will give him a really good platform to go and do some good things in the game.”