Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ruiter Keen to Put Stop to Any Comparisons with PS30m Golden Boy Jordan Pickford; EVERY KEEPER DIFFERENT, INSISTS DUTCHMAN

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ruiter Keen to Put Stop to Any Comparisons with PS30m Golden Boy Jordan Pickford; EVERY KEEPER DIFFERENT, INSISTS DUTCHMAN

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Byline: STUART RAYNER stuart.rayner@trinitymirror.com @sturayner

ROBBIN Ruiter is hoping Sunderland fans steer clear of comparisons with Jordan Pickford as he concentrates on trying to get the Black Cats back into the Premier League.

Pickford left his hometown club for Everton in a deal which could rise to PS30m if the goalkeeper reaches his obvious potential.

With deputy Vito Mannone also leaving - for Reading, in a PS2m deal - Simon Grayson has been forced to overhaul his goalkeeping department on a shoestring budget. Grayson spent just PS1.25m in transfer fees bringing 10 players to the club this summer. Half-a-million pounds of that went on Newton Aycliffe-born former Middlesbrough keeper Jason Steele, while Ruiter joined on a free transfer after being released by Utretcht.

That alone demonstrates the difference in quality between this season's goalkeepers and last, but Grayson's rebuild has been about finding players capable of doing a job in the Championship, and Ruiter is determined to show he matches that billing.

"Every goalkeeper is different," said the 30-year-old. "Jordan Pickford did a terrific job last year, a young, really talented goalkeeper.

"I am Robbin and Jason is Jason.

Everyone is different.

"We all tried to do our best job for the club and keep as many clean sheets as possible.

"Hopefully we can win points and that is the most important thing. I don't want to compare myself to Jordan or anybody else.

"I am just myself and hopefully I can help the club to get back up."

Although Ruiter was Sunderland's most impressive goalkeeper in pre-season, the timing of his arrival meant that Steele started the campaign as first choice.

Former Cats keeper Jordan Pickford, who is now at Everton Ruiter was only on trial when he appeared in friendlies against Bradford City and Scunthorpe United, and he arrived at the club on the eve of the new season having not played any football in the week and a half since while the formalities were completed. …

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