Ron-Thorben Hoffmann admits Sunderland move

Sunderland’s recent signing Ron-Thorben Hoffman has admitted that he had to change the way he trains at Sunderland due to the additional challenges placed on him by the League One sides.

The German arrived at Wearside on the transfer deadline day in August with compatriot Leon Dajaku as the goalkeeper traded Bayern Munich for the Stadium of Light.

Hoffmann was a regular at Bayern’s second team last season and Sunderland rushed for him late into the window in an effort to bolster their ranks between the sticks, with only Lee Burge and youngster Anthony Patterson to choose from.

Having been used to the clubs he faced in Germany playing in a certain way, the 22-year-old apparently found things very different in England.

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With quite a few League One teams posing physical threats of set pieces and crosses – far more than usual in his home country – Hoffmann revealed he had to change the way he works, including training with leg warmers, in order to combat the problems that the opposition he now stands up to throws at him.

“We have to train this way. You don’t demand that from a goalkeeper in Germany and you don’t get crosses so often ”, Hoffmann told athleticism.

“At Bayern you got one or two shots in every game.

“Here it’s difficult because I feel like every team can beat every team and it’s not because of their quality, it’s because of their style of play.

“I feel like every team has a big attacker and if they hit him they could cause a problem.”

The verdict

Hoffmann is a fairly tall guy who is 6ft 4in tall, so it’s surprising to learn that he’s not used to the physical aspect of being a goalie.

But German clubs, even at a lower level, tend to keep the ball on deck, so that’s something the 22-year-old had to develop.

It clearly works well, as Hoffmann is part of a squad on a six-game unbeaten streak and he’s Lee Johnson’s first pick and has been the entire season.

With his back-playing abilities and excellent shot-stopping abilities, Sunderland fans are hoping the plug will stay with the Wearsiders beyond his time on loan and for years to come.

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