Sorensen: Competition is good
Veteran keeper insists Begovic arrival has upped his performance
By Mike Barton. Last Updated: April 3, 2010 1:07pm
Sorensen: Relishing competition.
Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has confessed that the arrival of Asmir Begovic has helped to lift his game.
Bosnian international Begovic signed for the Potters in January from cash-strapped Portsmouth, with the highly-rated youngster increasing competition in the Stoke goal.
Sorensen has been a mainstay between the sticks for Tony Pulis' side since signing after their promotion to the Premier League last season, but has only had Steve Simonsen as a significant challenger to his position during this time.
However, 22-year-old Begovic's arrival at the Britannia Stadium has been seen as a positive move by the veteran Dane, and is driving him to maintain a high level of performance.
"Without competition I wouldn't be where I am today and you need it to push you along," said Sorensen.
"Asmir is a man for the future. We get on really well and can learn from each other.
"We both want to play. That's no secret. I'm sure he will get his chance."