Sunderland goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter has spoken of his excitement regarding academy prospect Max Stryjek, in an interview with The Shields Gazette.
The Dutch shot-stopper impressed boss Simon Grayson whilst on trial at the club this summer following his release from FC Utrecht, and will compete with Jason Steele for the starting spot at the Stadium of Light this season.
The 30-year-old had spent the entirety of his career in his native Netherlands before making the switch to the north east this summer, and his performances between the sticks last year helped Utrecht to a Europa League qualifying spot.
The arrivals of Ruiter and Steele allowed youngster Stryjek to head to League Two with Accrington Stanley, where he is expected to be the first choice stopper, when he returns from an injury he picked up in Stanley’s opening game of the new campaign.
Ruiter has been impressed by the 21-year-old, saying: “He is a promising goalkeeper.
“He is still very young but has great power and good hands.”
The Verdict: Allowing Jordan Pickford to leave in a club record deal was a no-brainer for the Black Cats this summer, and the club have moved wisely in the replacing of the new Everton man, with both Ruiter and Steele joining the cause during the offseason.
Both players are experienced pros, and it appears the Wearsiders also have a bright future, with Stryjek impressing so far during his fledgling career.
Returning from injury and earning his spot in Stanley’s starting XI is the next step for the player, whose mental character will be tested while he overcomes his disappointing setback.
However, if he impresses upon his return, perhaps Sunderland could have yet another Jordan Pickford like prodigy on their books in the coming years.
Sunderland fans, are you happy with your current goalkeeping situation?