Matija Sarkic has come in for some early plaudits at Birmingham City.
The Wolves goalkeeper is spending the season on loan at St. Andrews.
The 24-year-old made his second competitive appearance for the Blues against Stoke City.
The game ended 0-0, meaning Sarkic has now kept clean sheets in both his competitive outings so far.
Against the Potters, he made a couple of saves from inside the area.
It was the performance he needed, having had a couple of errors in pre-season.
At the moment, Sarkic is covering for Neil Etheridge, who was recently hospitalised after testing positive for Covid-19.
The star is due to return to the fold next month, meaning Sarkic gets an early chance to impress for the Midlands outfit (via Birmingham Mail).
He’ll hope to give Lee Bowyer a reason not to drop him.
He’ll therefore be hoping to play as much as possible in order to realise that ambition sooner rather than later.
On social media, Birmingham fans lavished praise on Sarkic for his performance against Stoke:
Can we all take a bow for Matija Sarkic today? He played fantastically well and very professional. Played like a no.1 keeper. Definitely earnt his place as a back up keeper for sure at the very least. Done us proud so far. KRO @BCFC pic.twitter.com/TDa1gFAfLZ
— Birmingham City FC Official Protest Page (@BCFCProtests) August 14, 2021
I don’t know about a back up keeper – he was flawless today and gave himself a shot at first choice imo
— Bluespit (@mickmathome) August 14, 2021
He was class
— ROBBIEBCFC 1875 (@ROBBIEBCFC1875) August 14, 2021
Very well played @sarkicmatija
— Ethan (@EthanBCFC_) August 14, 2021
Sarkic definitely man of the match for me #BCFC
— Chris O’Brien 🏴 (@ChrisCOB_OB) August 14, 2021
Sarkic MoTM. Intense, physical game between two teams who gave it their all and will be difficult to beat this season.
— Trevor Bayley (@TrevorBayley) August 15, 2021
Sarkic was great, Leko and Aneke looks an interesting one. Thought they both looked lively, decent point tbf they’re a good side. #bcfc
— Mark (@MarkBcfc3) August 14, 2021
Difficult match definitely a workman performance with not loads of quality atmosphere felt low for obvious reasons which didn’t help but still not bad. Thought Sarkic was excellent. Love to see the offside barely see much from west paddock for that decision #bcfc
— Jak_Collier (@Jak_Collier) August 14, 2021