Who is Chris Maguire? Verdict on what he will bring to Sunderland and position he will play

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Sunderland have completed the signing of Scotland international Chris Maguire after the attacker agreed a deal to join the Black Cats.

The 29-year-old is well known to Stewart Donald and Jack Ross, but is something of an unknown quantity to Sunderland fans.

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We take a look at what Black Cats supporters can expect from the player.

Who is Chris Maguire?

Maguire is a 29-year-old attacker who can play as a second striker or a winger. While not an out-and-out forward, he is a creative player who is comfortable on either flank or playing through the lines as a No 10.

Chris Maguire was a hit at Sheffield wednesday.

Chris Maguire was a hit at Sheffield wednesday.

Where has he played?

Maguire started his career at Aberdeen. He made his debut aged just 17 and spent six years at the Dons. He had a loan spell at Kilmarnock in 2011, where he scored four goals in 14 games to help them beat the drop before signing for Derby County when his contract expired at Aberdeen. He failed to make an impact with the Rams and after a loan spell at Portsmouth, signed for Sheffield Wednesday in 2012. Maguire made 79 appearances for the Owls, scoring a dozen goals. After a loan spell at Coventry then a short-lived move to Rotherham, Maguire ended up at Oxford where he became a cult hero, helping fire them to promotion and then scoring a career-best 17 goals in the 2016/17 season. He joined Bury as a free agent but quickly fell out of favour and only made 13 starts as they were relegated from League One.

What will he bring to Sunderland?

Jack Ross will be hoping he can re-energise Maguire and get him back to the form that made him a success at Oxford. The player is renowned for his work ethic and set-piece ability, while Sunderland will be looking for him to chip in with goals as well. One thing new players need is an ability to play in front of big crowds, and Maguire is someone who can thrive on that, often raising his performances in the bigger games. Former Echo columnist Dave Jones, who is a director at Oxford, described him as 'charismatic' and someone who will relish playing in front of 20,000-plus crowds.

Maguire, centre, enjoyed a prolific season at Oxford.

Maguire, centre, enjoyed a prolific season at Oxford.

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Verdict

Maguire's signing is something of a surprise, after his extremely disappointing season with Bury. He wasn't the only player to fail to live up to expectations at the Shakers, however, and has shown enough in his career to suggest he could offer Sunderland a creative, attacking threat if used in the right position. Maguire has plenty League One experience, and will be available relatively cheaply too despite still having a year left on his Bury contract. If Jack Ross can get him back to the form he showed at Oxford then he'll be a shrewd signing.