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Recent Sunderland man set for surprising switch

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Former Sunderland keeper Robbin Ruiter, released by the club at the end of the season, could be set for a shock move to PSV Eindhoven, as reported by Dutch outlet ed.nl.

The report suggests the Dutch giants, who finished second in the Eredivisie last season, are keen on adding him to their ranks after missing out on PEC Zwolle stopper Sepp van den Berg.

32-year-old Ruiter joined the Black Cats in 2017 after making 142 appearances for FC Utrecht but struggled for form at the Stadium of Light. He made just 26 appearances in all competitions during his stay on Wearside, with Jon McLaughlin limiting him to a single League One outing last season.


He found himself surplus to requirements at the end of the season, but could now be in for European football next season if PSV follow up on their reported interest.

The report suggests he’s in line for their third keeper spot, behind Jeroen Zoet and Lars Unnerstall. Unnerstall has recently arrived back at the club after a loan spell, but comes carrying a knee injury and Eindhoven are keen to have another option to turn to with their Champions League qualifier against FC Basel coming up in four weeks from now.

The Verdict

I’d say that a deal to be the third keeper at a prestigious club like Eindhoven would be just right for Ruiter at this stage of his career.

Much depends on his desire to play first-team football. If he wants minutes on the pitch, then this isn’t the move for him. Zoet is well-established with the club and played in all eight Champions League matches last season.

However, Unnerstall was out on loan and that could be the route they take with Ruiter. He might spend time elsewhere in the Eredivisie, but always on standby just in case his parent club needs him.

If that’s the case, then this is a good move for him.


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