RR: So, Jay Matete then... is he any good?
Knappers: Yes - he’s a young talent with a lot to learn, but you can see he’s destined to reach the top.
RR: He comes very highly rated and has been linked with moves to Premier League and Championship clubs. Why do you think that is?
Knappers: Because he runs forwards, he plays forwards, he’s hard to get the ball off, he can score goals, good on both feet, and is so confident with the football.
RR: Sunderland are lacking a proper physical presence in midfield. What can Matete bring to our side?
Knappers: He will bring a physical side - it’s hard to get him off the ball, he will be direct and quick in the way he goes about things.
RR: Do you think he’s ready to play for a club like Sunderland?
Knappers: Yes, he has that desire, that hunger and that confidence - he knows the ability he’s got.
RR: What are his biggest strengths and weaknesses as a midfielder?
Knappers: Strengths? His passing and the engine on him - he’s glued to the ball. In terms of areas that need work... not enough goals or creativity at times, however he was playing very deep in a poor side.
RR: Are you surprised that he’s left so early into his Fleetwood career?
Knappers: No, he’s too good for us, and had only six months left on his contract. We had to cash in now.
RR: Ultimately, what would you say to any Sunderland fans who aren’t quite sure about this particular signing?
Knappers: Give him a chance. You will love him - if not, you can send us him back… All the best Jay!