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GUS POYET didn’t get much right as Sun­der­land man­ager, but one of his big­gest blun­ders was lur­ing Will Buck­ley from Brighton.

Sure, he’s a de­cent player, but Premier League? Even Brighton fans couldn’t be­lieve that, es­pe­cially hav­ing watched the winger daz­zle and dis­ap­point in equal mea­sure.

On form, Buck­ley can tor­ment any full-back. Quick, tricky, good on the turn – just ask New­cas­tle, whose en­tire back line were eat­ing dust as the 22-year-old bun­dled them out of the FA Cup in 2012, ar­guably his finest hour in a Brighton shirt.

Yet Buck­ley’s form was as fit­ful as a bro­ken strobe, and just as ir­ri­tat­ing.

For ev­ery man-of-the-match per­for­mance, there were five where he was marked to death, got in­jured or sim­ply van­ished into thin air.

No young player is a par­a­digm of con­sis­tency. Ev­ery­one has a bad day. But those are faults to iron out in the Cham­pi­onship, not with top-flight strug­glers in a grim rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle. Poyet didn’t mind a lux­ury player. Dick Ad­vo­caat cer­tainly does. Is it any won­der the Dutch­man found no room for Buck­ley in his 25-man squad?

Now he has joined Leeds with much to prove. On pa­per, it is a match made in heaven. Leeds have lacked gen­uine pace and a cre­ative spark since Robert Sn­od­grass headed for Nor­wich.

Man­ager Uwe Rosler, mean­while, is not the type to ac­com­mo­date slack­ers. A dis­ci­plinar­ian who de­mands hard work, he sim­ply will not al­low Buck­ley to have the 90-minute strolls that Poyet in­dulged.

If Buck­ley can seize his chance – and I mean more than once a month – Leeds have got a match­win­ner on their hands.

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