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Aiden O’Brien - is he any good? Millwall fanzine give their views of Sunderland’s newest recruit

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Sunderland signed Aiden O’Brien yesterday - but is he any good? We’ve got no idea, so we sat down for a chat with Ayse Smith - Editor of Millwall Fanzine ‘The Lion Roars’ - to get his honest opinions on the ROI international forward.

Sunderland Unveil New Signing Aiden O’Brien Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

RR: So... Aiden O’Brien. Let’s get to the point - is he any good?

AS: He’s great - he never really got the chances he deserved at Millwall. He’s been with us since he was 15 but none of the managers we’ve had seemed to play him in the right position as a forward, and not a midfielder.

RR: What positions can Aiden play, and where is he at his best?

AS: He can play in midfield, but he’s far better as a forward. The Republic of Ireland national team played him up front, and he did really well for them.

Sunderland Unveil New Signing Aiden O’Brien Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

RR: Some people saw his scoring record and scoffed, but I’d suggest that doesn’t necessarily tell the full story, and his game isn’t all about goals... what’s your take on it?

AS: Forget how many goals he’s scored - as I said before, he’s not been played in the right position. If your manager can get that right, he will be banging loads of goals in.

RR: He departed Millwall having spent his full career at the club. Why has he been allowed to leave?

AS: I don’t think he’s been really happy recently - he knows he’s not been reaching his full potential, and I think he wants the chance to do that.

Sunderland Unveil New Signing Aiden O’Brien Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

RR: I read a social media post from your club’s account and the replies suggested the fans are sad to see him go... what’s his relationship with the Millwall supporters like?

AS: Us Millwall fans love him. He’s a home-grown player and the majority of us can see he’s not been played in the right position, and that’s why he’s not been getting the results he’s capable of, but he still tries to do his best.

RR: Do you think Aiden will be a standout player in League One, or is he about average for this level?

AS: I think he will do really well. He’s very passionate, I just hope he gets the breaks he needs and doesn’t get homesick as he’s a London boy.

Sunderland Unveil New Signing Aiden O’Brien Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

RR: Overall, is this a good signing for Sunderland?

AS: It’s a cracking signing for you.

I really don’t think you will be disappointed at all.

RR: What would you say to anyone who isn’t sure about Sunderland signing Aiden?

AS: I’d say, Give him a chance, you may be pleasantly surprised.