Mathew Ryan – Brighton
It’s genuinely surprising to see the Mathew Ryan situation at Brighton unfold as it has. For three seasons he made a name for himself as an athletic goalkeeper with fantastic shot-stopping ability, only to be suddenly displaced by Robert Sánchez after 11 matches this season.
Even in their recent FA Cup clash, it was Jason Steele who lined up between the sticks with the Australian nowhere to be seen, the reasons for that known as back in December, manager Graham Potter revealed he will allow the 28-year-old to leave in January.
"“I think you’ve got to be respectful to the professional and his career and his family and his situation. […] the situation may be for him (Ryan) that he wants to be in a better position in terms of somewhere where he is more able to play or move involved in playing,” he told Sky Sports. “I think out of respect for Mat, you’ve got to give him that freedom to do that. But in the end, it’s down to Mat and the club.”"
With experience of the division and regularly impressive stats each year, Ryan poses a solid option to provide backup for Leno. What’s more, he won’t cost a fortune given his situation and the fact he has 18 months left on his current deal.
If Ryan were brought in, he could provide cover for a few years while both Karl Hein and Arthur Okonkwo continue to develop. Would be he content as a second string? He’s certainly good enough for a regular berth, which is why it’s so surprising to see him out of the Seagulls’ side. Would be a very solid addition for Arsenal.