Jason Denayer has become David Moyes’ second deadline day arrival, with his season-long loan move from Manchester City confirmed.
The 21-year-old has been at City since joining their academy in 2013, and has enjoyed successful loan spells at Celtic and Galatasaray in the last two seasons. He also featured for Belgium in their Euro 2016 campaign in France last summer.
Despite having yet to make his competitive debut for the City first team, Denayer is thought of highly in Manchester, as well as his two loan clubs, notably winning Young Player of the Year at Celtic.
A return to Turkey was expected for the Belgian, but the move to Sunderland offers the chance to test himself in the Premier League, with Pep Guardiola keeping a close eye on his progress.
Ex-City boss Manuel Pellegrini saw Denayer’s long-term future at the Etihad, handing the youngster a five-year contract in 2015. Whether Guardiola has the same ideas remains to be seen, but in all likelihood Denayer’s stay on Wearside will be a short one. That’s far from a bad thing.
Moyes has been frustrated throughout the window, and the Lamine Kone drama, on top of Younes Kaboul’s departure, hasn’t helped matters in the slightest. With the deadline ever closer, it seems likely Kone won’t be heading to Goodison Park, meaning Denayer offers the backup to the Ivorian and Papy Djilobodji we desperately craved, especially with John O’Shea injured again.
Moyes’ shopping list is far from finished, but Denayer sees another position ticked off. Now how about M’Vila and that striker…