Birmingham City boss Lee Bowyer says Matija Sarkic is improving.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper is on a season-long loan at St. Andrew’s.
So far, the 24-year-old has featured in every single Championship game this season for the Blues, and played every single minute.
Sarkic had a shaky pre-season, but has done fairly well so far since the season started.
So far, he has kept five clean sheets in his nine appearances, conceding 10.
Bowyer said of Sarkic after the 0-0 draw with Preston (Birmingham Mail): “He is improving, I have said before Marsh [Goalkeeper coach Andy Marshall] is good at his job, he is making Mati a better ‘keeper but that’s what he gets paid to do, make saves.
“He has done it again so he can get his paycheck this week.”
Bowyer added that he actually trusted the judgement of his goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall at the time of signing Sarkic.
Marshall has worked with Sarkic before, and pointed Bowyer in his direction.
Dion Sanderson is also spending the season with Birmingham, and the central defender hasn’t quite seen as many minutes as his Molineux teammate.
The 21-year-old yesterday made his third appearance, which was his first Championship start.
On Sanderson, Bowyer said (bcfc.com): “The two players who came in, did really well.
“He is a young lad, and he will improve. He needs to improve on certain things which is why he is here. He is another good lad and wants to improve as a player. He will go as far as he wants to go.”
Sarkic can stake claim to be Molineux number two
Sarkic has been able to feature regularly for Birmingham so far, with Neil Etheridge having been working his way back after suffering from Covid-19.
It is vital that Sarkic can maintain a good level, to give a greater chance of keeping his starting berth
Back at Wolves, John Ruddy is expected to retire at the end of the current season or move on to another club, having signed a one-year extension earlier this year.
Potentially, Sarkic could save Wolves a bit of money in the transfer market if he can keep playing and impressing.