It’s not quite a ‘ringing endorsement’ just yet, but it’s just about as close as you can get.
Having been given his debut amongst all the talk about the future of the position beforehand, Connal Trueman stepped up to the plate and gave a good account of himself, making five saves on the day. Unfortunately, he didn’t get much help from his defence for the Huddersfield goal, but there’s only so much he can control.
And speaking after the game, boss Pep Clotet said that it wasn’t just his performance that impressed him, but also his maturity that he showed in the process of stepping up in such a big moment:
“It’s up to him to take it, not only did he save important chances but at the same time he showed that he had the character as well. He helped us a lot from the back. I am very pleased for him because it really comes from his own work.”
So by the sounds of it, the job is his to lose, and I hope it goes well for him. As I have spoken about before, I believe that the club need to start looking towards the future in every aspect of the club, and the goalkeeping position is a very good start. It’s something that the board have been very local about as well, so it’s good to see that those plans are being put into place.
In my mind, we’ve reached a point of no return when it comes to the goalkeeping position at St Andrew’s. With Lee Camp now banished to the bench, we need to start putting our faith in Trueman to see us through the season.
And just for the record, I wasn’t necessarily ‘anti-Lee Camp’, I just wanted there to be a change because of the amounts of mistakes he was making. If Trueman goes on a similar run, not that I’m hoping he does, but you never know, then I’ll call for change there, more than likely for Moha Ramos.
Should Trueman now be the club's #1 going forward?
But let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.