'He will free up O'Nien to play a more attacking position': Sunderland fans react to Conor McLaughlin signing

Sunderland have made their first summer signing – Conor McLaughlin has penned a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light after his contract at Millwall expired at the end of last season.

Monday, 1st July 2019, 5:30 pm
Updated Monday, 1st July 2019, 6:35 pm
How have Sunderland fans reacted to Sunderland's first summer signing?

The Northern Irish international, who was released by the Championship side earlier this summer, underwent a medical at the Academy of Light ahead of sealing a move this afternoon.

Jack Ross was keen to strengthen his options at right-back having allowed Adam Matthews to leave the club at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Luke O’Nien finished the season playing in the position, but is naturally a midfielder, leaving the Black Cats without a recognised right back.

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And Black Cats fans believe the signing of McLaughlin could push O’Nien into a more central attacking position allowing Jack Ross to utilise the former Wycombe man’s energy in forward areas.

Here’s how Sunderland supporters reacted to the signing:

@Squealer66: “Sounds good”

‏@tongey93: “Sounds solid enough for this level and probably can make a step up too. Decent age and experience. All we can really ask for at this level without spending anything.”

@TheMightyNews: “Need a right back, sign a right back.”

@cds1973: “Let's be honest. We've never heard of him and haven't got a clue what he's like. HOPEFULLY a decent addition to the squad.”

@gabenoble12: “Can’t really get too excited over full backs but good signing I reckon, definitely a good signing in this division imo, team of the season last time he played in it

@eathummous1: “If it allows Luke O'Nien to play in midfield then I'm all for it”

@ollie432 3m3: “Good start, sensible signing”

@KingstonSi 55m55: “Don't know that much about him but Adam Matthews was on decent money so from a financial point of view it makes sense”

@chad_punk: “Not one to sell season tickets but looks a good addition to the squad seems like he did well last time out in league one, will be hungry to show what he's got after being overlooked last season.”

@Lathe44: “Certainly ain't a Wing Back.#OldSchool”

@PatrickSAFC012: “Smart like, wait till his contract was up so we could get him on a free”

@RobLow_7: “Will free up O'Nien to play in a more attacking position

@Ridderz86: “What could possibly go wrong when him and big Jon call the ball at the same time”