Leicester City saw progression into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after beating Wolves 3-1 on penalties at Molineux on Tuesday night.
And at the heart of the Foxes’ penalty heroics was deputy goalkeeper Danny Ward, who is now looking to become his side’s first-choice No.1 ahead of Kasper Schmeichel.
Speaking after Leicester’s recent win, Ward told Sky Sports: “No one is content with sitting on the bench, but that’s the way it is.
“It’s a challenge [to become No.1], you have to aspire to play. Kasper has been brilliant for a number of years and being recognised with his nomination for FIFA Best the other day. It’s a great task for me to try to move him, but it’s one I’m definitely relishing.”
Ward’s performance against Wolves was definitely promising but, given how consistent Schmeichel has been for the club since arriving back in 2011 and his exploits at the World Cup, it will take much more for his spot between the posts to come under threat.
In fact, the competition that £9m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Ward is providing could even see the Denmark international reach a new level, making the 25-year-old’s task an even more difficult one.
Ward arrived at the King Power from Liverpool during the summer in search of more minutes — something he will definitely see more of now compared to his time at Anfield.
However, there is a long way to go before the Welshman becomes manager Claude Puel’s No.1.