Journalist Phil Smith has claimed the arrival of goalkeeper Thorben Hoffmann has left Sunderland with a ‘dilemma’ regarding Anthony Patterson.
While talking on The Roar Podcast, Smith claimed that 21-year-old Patterson may be better served going out on loan, though he could also benefit from staying at the club.
He explained his thoughts, saying: “Obviously, he’s very early on his development and Hoffman has a lot more senior football under his belt, even if it is in the Bayern Munich second side.
“So I think they now have a bit of a dilemma, if you like, with Patterson, whereby they obviously have to make a decision whether they think his development is best served by maybe going on a National League loan, or by staying with the first group every day, so he can keep learning that philosophy, so he can get further embedded in it.”
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Having enjoyed spells at Hertha Berlin, RB Leipzig, and Bayern Munich, Hoffmann certainly arrived with the kind of quality to push himself straight into the first team.
With that kind of competition, it does look as though Patterson’s chances will be limited. At such a young age, however, the options of either going on loan or staying at the club and learning both seem potentially beneficial.