By Kevin Phillips

20th Sep, 2021 | 7:00pm

Phillips reveals details of Sunderland boardroom talks pre-Accrington

The Sunderland hierarchy “have high hopes” for summer signing Leon Dajaku.

That is according to Stadium of Light legend Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a conversation he had in the club’s board room ahead of the 2-1 win over Accrington Stanley.

Sunderland signed Dajaku, 20, on a season-long loan from German side Union Berlin last month.

The forward is yet to make his debut for the Black Cats although he was named on the bench for yesterday’s 2-2 draw at Fleetwood Town.

As quoted by the Sunderland Echo (September 16th), Lee Johnson revealed Dajaku is close to making his first appearance for the club.

Phillips has heard from Johnson that the young attacker is “training really well”.

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“I spoke to someone within the club as I was lucky enough to get into the board room last weekend,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“We spoke about this kid and they have high hopes for him.

“He is not fully fit at the moment. He is a bit rusty but they are excited about him.

“I had a five minute chat with Lee Johnson before the game as well and he said the boy has been training really well. Once he is fully fit he should be a brilliant young prospect for the football club.

“To have another exciting player waiting in the wings when things are already going so well on the pitch is great.”

In other news, Phillips backs Sunderland youngster to emulate Embleton after ‘massive’ development.