A product of the Bayern Munich academy, the German left the Bavarians to join Sunderland last summer on a season-long loan deal.

 

He is the undisputed number one at Sunderland this season and is playing a key role in powering the Black Cats’ bid to get promoted to the Championship.

 

 

Hoffmann conceded that he has been forced to change the way he trains, using pads, as the demands on a goalkeeper at Sunderland are vastly different to what he experienced at Bayern Munich.

 

The German pointed towards the physical nature of English football in the lower leagues, which makes League One competitive, where any team can win on a given day.

 

 

The goalkeeper told The Athletic: “We have to train this way. You don’t demand this from a goalkeeper in Germany and you don’t get crosses so often.

 

“At Bayern you’d get one or two shots each game.

 

 

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

 

“I feel like every team has one big striker and if they crash it into him, they might cause a problem.”

 

Sunderland will hope Hoffmann will play a major role in helping the side be promoted after multiple failures in the last few years.