Nazariy Rusyn – Sunderland’s Ukrainian football future

Written by on 28th September 2023

Rusyn was one of the leading scorers in the Ukrainian Premier League last season, scoring 13 goals in 30 total appearances, with the striker having previously been prolific at U21 level

On Sunday, the forward made his debut in the 88th minute against Cardiff and did not affect the game but it could be argued that he should have been given more time on the pitch.

Despite his short stint on the pitch, he could be in the starting line-up in the next match and while a few minutes of play on Sunday weren’t enough to give him an idea of ​​what he’s clearly aiming for, he trained for over a week with his new team while his visa was secured.

How we can note that he is adapting faster than most of the other players, and this will help prove that he is worthy of a place in the team” – fan of Zorya Luhansk FC Kiril Pronin comments on the forward’s first match.

Photo by Ben Cuthbertson / BC Photography

Forward had influence for two goals in the match against Derby County

Nazariy has turned heads in a recent U21 win over Derby County in which he claimed an assist and won a penalty on the night.

  • Rusyn could have opened the scoring in the first half, but with his shot after an attack from the left flank, he hit the outer side of the net.
  • Forward went into a striking position, but left the ball for partner Adil Aouchiche 1:0.

Rusyn is playing well for the U21, so based on recent performances, it is possible that he will be fielded against Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night.


Photo by Ben Cuthbertson / BC Photography

Rusyn signed a four-year deal for a fee of around £2.5m, what fans think about his future career in the team – let’s found out

Fans of “Sunderland” AFC are actively discussing Rusyn’s play in official page on Instagram. And although the game lasted 4 minutes, and it’s hard to get conclusions, the fans are happy to see the forward in The Black Cats and give him a chance.

“With the small amount of the time, he is been with the club I can see his desire for the club and what he wants to achieve. He is came to the club from a top league in Ukraine and Sunderland’s club where we develop young players so during his time at Sunderland I’m sure he will develop” – fan of Sunderland AFC Matthew Philips

“He should have been given longer to make an impact” –  by mackem_stav in instagram

“Played 3 mins, but was best player on the pitch” – by matty.sykess in instagram

“Definitely, seemed eager to run in behind and actually create a chance for himself” – by louiecmiller in instagram


  • Sunderland sit in 5th place of the Championship table ahead of Friday night’s game, which is live on Sky Sports.

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