In comments reported by the Daily Echo, Eastleigh boss Andy Hessenthaler has suggested that Max Stryjek has been exceptional since arriving on loan from Sunderland, and added that the goalkeeper told him that he believes that he should be the number one at the Stadium of Light.
Stryjek is an extremely bright talent and many will be expecting him to one day force his way into the first-team picture with the Black Cats. But he continues to await his Sunderland debut and is instead now on loan with the non-league side.
The former Poland youth international has impressed so far, keeping two clean sheets in two games and saving a penalty on his debut for the club previously owned by Stewart Donald.
And Hessenthaler has been full of praise for his new signing - who he confirmed he wished to keep for longer - while he also disclosed the conversation that he had with Stryjek upon his arrival at the Silverlake Stadium.
“He’s third choice up there at the moment, but they do believe in him and say he needs games," he told the Echo. “He’s been exceptional for us. You can see he’s a confident boy and he’s settled in like he’s been here a few weeks.
“He’s very focused and very driven and knows he needs games to put himself in the shop window. He believes he should be Sunderland’s No1 and that can only help us because he’s so determined to do well.”
With Stryjek yet to force his way into Jack Ross' plans at Sunderland, the one-month loan appears to be ideal for him. He is reaching an age where he needs to be playing regular competitive football if he wants to realise his potential.
And while it is probably unlikely that he will return to Sunderland in a significantly better position in the pecking order, he will certainly do his first-team prospects no harm at all by building on the very bright start that he has made.
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