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Port Vale clash is surely Ruiter’s last chance to salvage his Sunderland career

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Port Vale clash is surely Ruiter’s last chance to salvage his Sunderland career

Sunderland travel to Vale Park this weekend to take on League Two side Port Vale in the FA Cup.

And facing a team from a lower division gives Jack Ross some license to experiment with his squad.

This could present goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter with one last chance to save his Sunderland career.

The 31-year-old has not enjoyed a successful stay at Sunderland since his summer 2017 free transfer.

Ruiter impressed during a trial spell with the Black Cats but since signing a two-year deal, he has struggled.

The ex-Utrecht goalkeeper was not able to replicate his Holland form in England.

 

Between Ruiter, Jason Steele and Lee Camp, Sunderland were consistently leaky at the back with error-riddled displays from all three stoppers.

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Despite dropping down a league, Ruiter is still not the first-choice goalkeeper at The Stadium of Light.

And considering Jon McLaughlin’s impressive form between the sticks, Ruiter is unlikely to replace him anytime soon.

With Max Stryjek impressing on loan at Eastleigh as well, it looks highly unlikely that Ruiter will be handed a new deal.

The towering Dutchman, who stands at 6ft 5in tall, needs to grasp this opportunity if he starts against Port Vale.

If Sunderland are knocked out of the cup, that could be his last appearance for the Black Cats.

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