Sunderland journalist and podcaster Philip West has been left thrilled by some news on Anthony Patterson.
The Lowdown: New deal
As per the official website of the Stadium of Light outfit, Patterson has now signed a new long-term deal that will keep him at the Wearside club until 2026.
The 22-year-old has been rewarded after a breakthrough season that saw him make a total of 25 appearances in all competitions, keeping 10 clean sheets (Transfermarkt).
The Latest: West thrilled
Taking to Twitter, Roker Report’s West was left thrilled by the update, labelling it as ‘brilliant, brilliant news’:
“Brilliant, brilliant news. His form and composure towards the end of the season was remarkable, & the way he handled the playoff final was superb. He’s not the finished article yet, but his potential is enormous. Should start the new season as #1, for me.”
The Verdict: Deserved
Patterson’s contract is certainly deserved given his form last season.
He was often praised by the media for some of his match-winning performances, which ultimately helped Alex Neil’s side gain promotion from League One up to the Championship.
Should Sunderland start Patterson?
The Englishman conceded less than a goal a game in the division, and averaged two saves per match, making no errors that led to goals (SofaScore).
Nonetheless, with Lee Burge joining Northampton Town and Ron-Thorben Hoffman only on loan from Bayern Munich (Transfermarkt), there is no reason why Patterson cannot establish himself as the number one again at the Black Cats for next term, and even though the Championship is a step up from League One, his new contract should give him the confidence to rise up to the challenge.
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