The Australian international has been in outstanding form for Club Brugge and the Socceroos and looks ready made for a White Hart Lane move.
Shinji Okazaki may have stolen the plaudits in Japan’s friendly meeting with Australia this week, scoring with a perfectly executed back-heel, but it was the man found fishing the ball out of the back of the net that could yet be on his way to the Premier League – Mathew Ryan.
Still only 22-years-old, the Club Brugge goalkeeper was one of the main reasons the scoreline stayed respectable for the Socceroos, with the youngster facing a barrage of shots from the Blue Samurai in a dominant display from the hosts.
Okazaki was front and centre, keen to impress the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal who have both been linked with moves for the forward of late, following a prolific spell with Bundesliga side Mainz.
But for all the fanfare attached to the 28-year-old and his well-taken goal, Ryan deserved just as much credit and attention – yet why has there been little interest from the Premier League?
The English top-flight has a fine tradition of excellent Australian goalkeepers from Mark Bosnich at Aston Villa to Mark Schwarzer at Fulham and in Ryan they undoubtedly have a keeper capable of cutting it in the Premier League.
His quality was clear to see early on in his playing career with Central Coast Mariners, with the youngster claiming 10 clean sheets during his debut season in the A-League – a campaign that saw him earn the Young Player of the Year award and the number one jersey.
Signed by Club Brugge from the Mariners in May 2013, Ryan has excelled in the season-and-a-half he has played thus far with the Belgian outfit with Ange Postecoglou preferring the 22-year-old to Mitchell Langerak as Australia’s first choice keeper at the World Cup following a run of four clean sheets in his first six outings.
And while the young keeper could do little to prevent the likes of Chile, Holland and Spain from cutting through an inexperienced Socceroos defence, he still came out of the finals with his reputation intact.
Little wonder then that rumours of a Premier League move soon started brewing, with Hull emerging as potential suitors for the youngster just last month.
But with Ryan plying his trade for a Belgian side with Champions League aspirations, only a bid from a bigger, more established Premier League outfit is likely to tempt – one like Tottenham for instance.
The keeper previously came close to earning a deal at White Hart Lane, having trialled with both Spurs and West Bromwich Albion prior to his Brugge move.
And speaking in an interview with SBS before the World Cup, he expressed his burning desire to one day play in the English top-flight.
"I’d love the chance to play in England, Spain, Italy or Germany, though the Premier League would be my first choice," he said.
"It’s the most watched and followed league in the world and growing up it was the place I’ve always dreamed about playing."
With the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain linked with big money moves for current Tottenham number one Hugo Lloris, the Londoners may have already found a more than adequate replacement – they just need to make sure he doesn’t slip away.