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.
I would like to take a moment to say thank you for over 6 years in @SunderlandAFC I want to especially give thanks to Mark Pruds who was not just a goalkeeper coach but also a good friend. Thanks to all the staff and people who were supporting me. I wish everyone all the best ⚽️
— max stryjek (@MaxStryjek) June 11, 2019
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.
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.