Sunderland to replace Simon Mignolet with Dutch starlet?

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Sunderland have a huge void to fill after goalkeeper Simon Mignolet departed for Liverpool.

Paulo Di Canio is in the process of replacing the entire spine of the squad. Sunderland’s scouts are working overtime to identify the players who can match the ethos of the team and the management.

Netherlands U21 starlet Jeroen Zoet is one of the impressive youngsters coming from the Dutch system. The PSV Eindhoven youngster had an impressive campaign with the Netherlands' U21 team in the European U21 Championships.

Sunderland’s scouts were paying attention to his performances and it is believed that the Black Cats will be pursuing his signature in the summer.

Is Zoet good enough to replace Mignolet? The Belgian was absolutely outstanding between the sticks for Sunderland and did well to make the number 1 spot his own, displacing Craig Gordon.

Mignolet earned his way into the first team and looked unbeatable after securing the number 1 spot. He was a reliable custodian and became one of the fans' favourites with some impressive performances.

Zoet, on the other hand, is an upcoming youngster; similar to the one that arrived from Belgium a few seasons back. He is yet to break into PSV’s starting line-up, even though the hopes are placed really high on him.

He enjoyed two glittering loan spells with Eredivise side RKC Waalwijk and has close to 70 appearances under his belt already. The 22-year-old Zoet is the undisputed number 1 at U21 level and has earned a call up to the Dutch senior side as well.

He is promising and talented - and even though he is yet to break into PSV side, he might fancy his chances at Sunderland.

It remains to be seen whether Zoet can fill the void left by Mignolet. Even if it's unlikely that he will hit the ground running immediately, he might step up in the future.


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