David Wagner is delighted to finally have strong competition between Ben Hamer and Jonas Lossl for the Huddersfield number one spot. The Terriers chief brought Danish goalkeeper, Lossl, in from Mainz on a season-long loan ahead of last term and the Dane played in every Premier League game as the side managed to avoid relegation.
The 29-year-old then joined on a permanent deal in the summer and Wagner also drafted in 30-year-old Hamer from Leicester on a free transfer.
It was Hamer who got the nod to start between the sticks for Town’s opening day 3-0 home defeat against Chelsea on Saturday, but Wagner insists that he must remain on top of his game if he is to keep Lossl out of the XI.
Wagner told the Examiner: “Ben played a very good pre-season and Jonas came back, after his break following the World Cup, in not the best shape.
“He (Lossl) has had a very short pre-season so far but I am pretty sure he will catch up what he has to catch up and bring himself to his best form. We will give him every advantage we can.
“This season we have competition in this position, like we have competition all over the park in all positions.”
He added: “Ben Hamer played a good pre-season and this is why he was in goal. He got the shirt.
“The difference this year to last year is we have competition for the goalkeeping position and this makes me very, very happy.
“It is now up to these two boys to fight for the shirt every single week, like all the other players have to fight for their place.”