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Releasing Max Stryjek is now looking like a Sunderland error

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Releasing Max Stryjek is now looking like a Sunderland error

The talented Polish stopper could have been the answer between the sticks this season.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. For Sunderland, with hindsight, it is clear they should have done more to keep hold of talented Polish goalkeeper Max Stryjek in the summer. 

The goalkeeper left at the expiration of his contract in the summer and joined Eastleigh Town on a permanent deal following an impressive loan stint at the National League club. 

Sunderland fans would not envisage a few months down the line that Stryjek was probably worth a chance in the first-team. 

 

Last season, Jon McLaughlin was a rock for Sunderland. However, the Scotland international has not been at his best this term. The arrival of Phil Parkinson, with whom he has a sketchy history from their time at Bradford City, has clearly not helped matters. 

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McLaughlin has been dropped as the undisputed number one with summer arrival Lee Burge taking his place. The former Coventry man has been passably good but has now been battling with injury and the goalkeeper situation, which was Sunderland’s main positive last season, has become something of a mess. 

Meanwhile. Stryjek continues to get rave reviews for his performances with Eastleigh and the 23-year-old is clearly playing below his level. 

Sunderland should have done more to keep the Pole at the Stadium of Light.

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