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KIMPIOKA JOINS BLUES ON LOAN

30 September 2021

Southend United are delighted to announce the signing of Benji Kimpioka on a month-long loan from League One side Sunderland.

The forward can play anywhere along the front and has represented Sweden at youth level.

He made his senior debut for the Black Cats in an EFL Trophy Cup game in 2018 and opened his account for the Wearsiders in the same competition the following month, before scoring his first league goal in 2019.

The 21-year-old had a brief loan at Torquay United towards the end of last season, featuring 10 times. 

Phil Brown said: "He’s in a similar mould to Matty Dennis where he’s coming from a big club in a higher division. That kind of mentality I want to bring in.

"He’s got a couple of national team appearances at youth level for Sweden, technically that tells me he should be good enough to play in this division.

"The other thing is his pace. He’s lightning quick and possibly quicker than Matty Dennis.

"It puts a spanner in the works with regards to people who are thinking they’re comfortable and they’re going to get automatic choice. I’ve now got real competition for places and I’m looking forward to working with him.

"I’m delighted to bring him in, and he comes into the thinking for Saturday, but we will hopefully unleash him at some stage in the week, either Solihull, Eastleigh or Chesterfield."

Kimpioka added: "I’m buzzing to get the move over the line and be around the lads here at Southend. I’m looking forward to it.

"I had a little loan spell at Torquay where I was coming back from an injury, but it was a great learning experience for me. I’m just happy to get started here now.

"I want to learn as much as possible, I want to help the team and obviously help myself.

"It's going to be a great challenge, I need it and I need to prove that I can do it at any level." 

Kimpioka will wear the number 33 during his time at Roots Hall and is available to face Solihull Moors on Saturday.

Welcome, Benji!


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