Kevin Phillips is “very excited” to see Aiden O’Brien pull on a Sunderland shirt after he made some enquiries at Millwall about the attacker.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, revealed that he has received “very good feedback” about the 26-year-old from his contacts at The Den.
O’Brien put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light last week following his departure from Millwall last month.
The forward, who has been capped four times by the Republic of Ireland, scored three goals in 18 Championship appearances last season having featured predominantly as a substitute.
Phillips, who worked with Millwall manager Gary Rowett at Stoke City, raved about the new signing.
“I have made some enquiries because I know the people down at Millwall and they have given me some very good feedback about him,” he told Football Insider.
“I am excited to see this kid perform in League One.
“He has a bit of everything about him. He can play as a nine, a ten and he can play out wide. A player that gets himself in the box and can score a goal. I am very excited to see this lad play.”
Black Cats manager, Phil Parkinson told the club’s website: “I’m really pleased with the signing of Aiden. He’s at a good age, he has experience of winning this division and he has played plenty of Championship football.
“Aiden can also play in a variety of attacking roles, which I feel is important for us. We are delighted to welcome him to the club and we are looking forward to working with him.”