Middlesborough swoop for Sunderland youngster

Bradley Collyer / PA

Championship outfit Middlesbrough have signed teenage defender Williams Kokolo from League One Sunderland to add to their academy ranks.

The nineteen-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Teeside outfit.

The French teenager came through the ranks at Monaco before arriving at the Stadium of Light three years ago.

The versatile left-sided defender failed to make an appearance for the Black Cats but did enjoy some senior football when he made nine appearances for Darlington during a loan spell in 2018/19.

The Sunderland Echo reports Sunderland told the youngster they would not offer him fresh terms to stay with the club when his contract expired in the summer.

Middlesborough boss Jonathan Woodgate is a head coach known to give youngsters a chance to stake a claim. He’s handed out seven first-team league debuts to academy players this season and Kokolo will be hoping to push for contention for the first-team by impressing in Boro’s thriving Under-23 set up.

Our View

An ambitious move by the youngster who obviously feels he will have more opportunities to develop at the Riverside.

He could be an exciting talent for Boro who continues to give youth a chance on Teeside.

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