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ASTON VILLA goalkeeper Stefan Postma is ready to stand-in for under-fire Peter Enckelman, should he be called upon.

The Dutch shot-stopper arrived at Villa Park in the summer for over £1 million from De Graafschap, after the departure of veteran Peter Schmeichel.

Postma has been happy playing understudy to the giant Finn, but his unbelievable mistake against Birmingham on Monday evening could lead to him being rested by manager Graham Taylor for this Saturday's clash with Everton.

Postma's agent Piet Buter explained to that his client was not really anticipating first team action until Christmas at the earliest, but would not let anyone down should he be called upon.

"We have always said that it takes a few months to get into the swing of things, we were a 100 percent sure it would take time," Buter revealed.

"With what has happened now, it could of course go quicker for him, it was sad what happened [referring to Enckelman's howler on Monday].

"We said as part of the deal, that he would be the number two at first, we did not think he would be ready for action until Christmas.

"It can take time for any player to settle in a new country, but I am not afraid of him playing, I cannot say that he is not ready now.

"He will never demand first team football, but he will always tell Graham Taylor that he is ready and available, should he need him."

It remains to be seen what Taylor will do with Enckelman, but it does now seem a possibility that Postma will be called upon.