“After I begin one thing I need to end it. Ultimately, I made my resolution and informed the gaffer [Roberto De Zerbi] and the membership that I wished to stick with Brighton and struggle for my spot.”
Think about him & Joe Gelhardt
Ross Stewart has been ruled out for the remainder of the season resulting from an harm and which means Joe Gelhardt, 20, is the membership’s solely senior striker possibility for the rest of the marketing campaign.
The England U21 worldwide has solely made 63 appearances at first-team degree in his profession and confirmed indicators of his inexperience throughout his Sunderland debut in opposition to Millwall within the Championship – shedding eight of his 12 duels and solely finishing 68% of his tried passes while failing to supply a objective or key cross, as per Sofascore.
Tony Mowbray is missing a senior choice to compete with, and probably mentor, Gelhardt within the coming months and that’s what Undav might have been.
The 26-year-old, who was as soon as dubbed “prolific” by The Athletic journalist Andy Naylor, plundered a whopping 45 targets and 18 assists in 70 appearances for Belgian aspect Royale Union Saint Gilloise, after scoring 24 instances and offering 15 assists in 73 matches for SV Meppen in Germany.
Undav has confirmed himself to be a deadly goalscorer within the prime flight in Belgium and within the German third tier and has struck twice in 5 cup outings for Brighton this season.
These statistics present that the £20k-per-week marksman might have been a constant and dependable scorer and creator for Sunderland on the prime finish of the pitch, while additionally being an excellent participant for Gelhardt to work with and be taught from.
As a substitute, Mowbray is left with a 20-year-old who continues to be making his method within the sport as his solely quantity 9 for the subsequent 4 months of the season, which is why Undav rejecting the possibility to depart Brighton was an enormous blow because the German might have fashioned a promising strikeforce alongside the Leeds loanee.