Sunderland goalkeeper Thorben Hoffmann has taken to Instagram to send a message to the club’s supporters ahead of his side’s clash with Ipswich Town this weekend.
Signed by the Black Cats on transfer deadline day in August, the German shot-stopper has managed to establish himself as a mainstay in the club’s starting eleven in recent months and thus is expected to feature against the Tractor Boys.
Despite the fact that Hoffmann has managed to produce a number of assured displays for the club, Sunderland have recently experienced a worrying dip in form.
Since beating Crewe Alexandra in October, the Black Cats have suffered defeats to Charlton Athletic, Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday in League One.
As a result of these setbacks, Lee Johnson’s side have slipped to seventh in the third-tier standings and are currently six points adrift of the automatic promotion places.
Set to face an Ipswich side on Saturday who have won three of their last five league games, Sunderland know that they will need to be at their very best if they are to pick up a positive result in this fixture.
Ahead of this fixture, Hoffmann has admitted on Instagram that he cannot wait to see the club’s supporters at the Stadium of Light this weekend.
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The goalkeeper posted: “Positive energy and full focus on the new week.
“Can’t wait to see all of you on Saturday in the SOL [Stadium of Light].”
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After failing to keep a clean-sheet in his last three league appearances, Hoffmann will be determined to play a key role for Sunderland in their meeting with Ipswich as the club aim to get back on track.
Currently averaging a WhoScored match rating of 6.58 in the third-tier, the 22-year-old will be confident in his ability to deliver the goods against the Tractor Boys.
When you consider that Ipswich have scored 34 goals in 17 league games this season, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Saturday’s game turns out be an enthralling affair as both sides will be looking to send out a real signal of intent to the rest of the division.
By beating Paul Cook’s side this weekend, Sunderland could potentially use the momentum gained from this result to push on in League One over the Christmas period.