Australian under 23 goalkeeper Mathew Ryan will arrive at Spurs at the start August to begin a week of training and while it seems that this is merely to gain experience, the young stopper looks a perfect choice as back up to the main goalies.
Ryan was named as the Australian A-League’s best keeper during the 2011-12 season and is seen by many as the natural understudy to Mark Schwarzer. He has already been drafted into the full squad after gaining four caps at under-23 level.
“It is a magnificent opportunity and experience for Mathew to have a look at a top Premier League club,” said Peter Turnbull, Chairman of Ryan’s club Central Coast Mariners. “Tottenham move into their new training facility on the first of August so it will be a great experience for him.
“I think it is reflective of Mathew’s standing in the game. He has stature, he deservedly won a number of awards last season and has already been picked as Mark Schwarzer’s understudy for the Socceroos – he is a guy who is sought after.”
Spurs had recently been linked with Jack Butland as part of a goalkeeping shake up that would also have brought Hugo Lloris to the club. With the Butland deal seemingly shelved, Mathew Ryan appears a more than able replacement.