Sunderland completed the loan signing of Bayern Munich goalkeeper Ron-Thorben Hofmann on deadline day.
The 22-year-old swapped has swapped the German giants for a League One promotion push with The Black Cats, in an attempt to gain regular first-team minutes.
The young shot-stopper, who featured 25 times for Bayern Munch II in Germany’s third-tier kept six clean sheets, conceding 37 goals in the process last time out.
Prior to that, he started the club’s last nine games of the season before, keeping a single clean sheet and conceding 11 goals.
Speaking to the Sunderland Echo after his deadline switch to England’s north east, Hofmann revealed why he is so happy to be in Wearside: “I really like the club, I watched the Netflix series and I was really hyped about the club, to play in front of 30,000 people every home game is something very special.
“I’m really happy to be here.
“We had really good chats with the head of recruitment and all the guys around the club, and he showed me a plan that was really good for me.
Signing any player from Bayern Munich comes with expectation, and that is not expected to change for the young goalkeeper.
Hofmann has accumulated great experience in Germany’s 3. Liga but faces a new third-tier challenge with Sunderland – a year where promotion is the only acceptable outcome.
Neither Lee Burge nor Anthony Patterson have cemented a starting spot in goal for Sunderland this year. The former started the first three games before the 21-year-old was brought in for the latest two fixtures.
Hofmann will be hoping to gain as much first-team football as possible and will be striving to be selected from as early as possible.