Mark Hughes believes that Stuart Taylor is the perfect fit for the Blues this season.
And he has scoffed at those who suggest the former Villa’s man is showing a lack of ambition by signing on to be Shay Given’s understudy.
Taylor put pen to paper at the end of last month on a free transfer having spent some of last season at Cardiff City.
Still only 28-years-old and young in goalkeeping terms Taylor, who spent eight years at Arsenal before moving up to the Midlands, has filled the void left by England international Joe Hart who has left for a season with Birmingham City.
“Stuart knows the role that we want him to fulfil but he is a top class keeper who has played numerous games at the highest level. I think he is a good fit for us,” reckoned boss Mark Hughes.
“Being the back-up keeper is not an easy role to play in the squad but it is an important one and you perhaps need a certain type of mentality to be able to cope with the correct intensity every single day without the prospect of a game at the end of the week.
“He has to be permanently ready to step into the side and it is not an easy position to be in. It is not that Stuart has any lack of ambition in any way. He has a distinct role and that is to push Shay as hard as he can. He sees this as an opportunity for himself.”
Taylor, a former England under 21 international, is likely to see his first action for the club in Germany this week and then again in South Africa during the Vodacom Challenge.