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.



  1. The boy will become a great keeper. Excellent awareness and distribution. I think he can make the grade. A much cheaper alternative to Butland. Loan him for a season in Div 1 then a season in Champs and he will be fine.

  2. I understand the need to think long term about our GK but with the changes this summer, brad should stay number 1 this season so we need a young understudy who can be no 1 after this season.

    Fergie, Wenger and us (gomes) have all suffered in the past due to inconsistent GK. It’s a very delicate position. Brad brings consistency we must have this season.

  3. Still think lloris would be an excellent upgrade on what we have. Sell Gomes if u can get 5 mill plus I reckon and possibly get a young cheap goalie in with potential.

  4. i live in Australia and follow the a league and i can tell you he is a very good prospect. Extremely strong at collecting crosses and the a league is very physical so he would adapt very quickly. Good luck to the young man

  5. With AVB I would imagine that it would be pretty important how well the keeper can play with the ball at his feet — basically a sweeper-keeper.

    How good as Ryan in that respect?

  6. No objections to giving him a trial, I’d be lying if I said I knew anything about him other than what I’ve read since the story broke.
    In all honesty, I don’t see him being a replacement for Brad, not yet anyway.
    If we can get him in on the cheap, and sell on Gomes, then I will take that. Mark Schwartzer (excuse spelling) has been a top goalie for a number of years now, and Mark Bosnich (at villa) was never bad. I know that means absolutely nothing in reality, but I suppose the aussie’s have a fairl good pedigree with regards to keepers.

  7. whats to say gomes has not sorted himself out in the last year? you cannot deny that on his day he was one of the best shot stoppers around!
    just damn those erratic days!


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