Former youth coach tips Ricardo van Rhijn for move to Sunderland or Norwich City

Ryan Pronk believes the Ajax defender may need to leave the club, with the Premier League the perfect destination.

The former youth coach of Ajax defender Ricardo van Rhijn has tipped the player to head to England this summer, specifically referencing both Sunderland and Norwich City as potential destinations for the right-back.

Ryan Pronk was speaking to Metro Nieuws in The Netherlands when he stated:

“He has played a lot of games, in Europe and with Oranje. I can imagine that he wants to leave in the winter if he spens six months on the bench.

"There are plenty of clubs in England, Germany or France where he could play well. I do not mean to clubs like Bayern, Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, but the clubs underneath, such as Werder Bremen, Sunderland, Norwich etcetera."

Pronk, who worked with the 24-year-old as a youngster at Ajax, was speaking as the eight-cap Netherlands international has recently found himself out of the Ajax first-team.

Frank De Boer has preferred to play 19-year-old Dutch under-21 international Kenny Tete in his place and Pronk feels van Rhijn must make a move for the good of his career.

Why Sunderland and Norwich?

Sunderland need more defensive cover, of that there is no doubt. They also have a Dutch manager and countryman such as Jeremain Lens and Patrick van Aanholt in the mix.

Norwich meanwhile have a good record for getting hold of coveted Dutchmen in recent times. Both Leroy Fer and Ricky van Wolfswinkel were shock buys by The Canaries.

At the moment, this is simply the idea of a former youth coach – but there should be no doubt that Premier League teams must monitor the situation of a player who has represented The Netherlands on eight occasions.


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