Sunderland sold back-up goalkeeper Vito Mannone to Championship rivals Reading in the summer - and then failed to replace him adequately.
Sunderland goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter left fans divided with a mixed performance at Hull City's KCom Stadium.
Sam Johnstone shone again for Aston Villa while Robbin Ruiter struggled for Sunderland in a home defeat to Sheffield United.
Newcastle United avoided a big bullet by not pursuing Sunderland keeper Robbin Ruiter, it seems.
Sunderland fans on Twitter rip into Robbin Ruiter following his performance on Saturday.
Robbin Ruiter joined Sunderland on a free transfer from Utrecht this summer and has been biggest surprise of the season so far.
HITC looks at the Sunderland players who should be showing more so far in 2017/18.
Robbin Ruiter has been talking up Sunderland teammate Max Stryjek's potential.
Robbin Ruiter's superb penalty save ensured Sunderland progressed in the EFL Cup - meanwhile, Newcastle United still need a goalkeeper.
Sunderland are set to take on Bury in the League Cup on Thursday.