Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper John Ruddy played a vital role in promotion from the Championship last season and was rewarded with a new deal in the summer.
The English shot-stopper managed to keep a remarkable 24 clean sheets in the league, as the West Midlands club clinched the Championship title and a return to the Premier League.
He signed a new deal to keep him at Molineux until 2020, but should he regret committing his future to the club?
Ruddy penned his fresh contract despite the arrival of Portugal international Rui Patricio, who has as expected gone on to become the number one for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
Patricio, 30, is a top-class goalkeeper with a wealth of experience at the elite level and has unsurprisingly taken to English football with great ease.
But that has meant Ruddy has not played a single minute in the league and had just two appearances in the Carabao Cup under his belt.
The 31-year-old’s next performance may not be until the FA Cup after Wolves were dumped out of the Carabao Cup on penalties against Leicester City and is just stuck behind Patricio on the bench in the meantime.
Ruddy’s consistent performances last season proved he is brilliant in goal and he shouldn’t be stuck in reserve during the prime years of his career.
He could arguably slot into a number of teams in the Premier League right now based on his ability and there should perhaps be some regret about settling to be a second-choice option.