Goalkeeper Joel Pereira played his first match of the season at the weekend for Huddersfield.
The Manchester United loanee was filling in for first choice Ben Hamer, who had been ruled out after coming into contact with a person with Covid symptoms.
This was the opportunity Pereira had been waiting for, and it did not go particularly well.
Any pre-game optimism was quickly wiped out as Huddersfield lost 4-3 to Stoke City.
For context, they had conceded just three goals in the past three games.
Pereira’s performance was a contributing factor, against a Stoke side which scored four for the first time this season.
The Huddersfield Examiner wrote: “It was a game to forget for the 24 year old, who was beaten at his near post for Stoke’s second goal and gave the ball away inside his own penalty box to allow them to score their third.”
Now, if we are going to make a defence for Pereira, then we would point out this is his first competitive game since February.
This came back on his previous loan spell at Hearts in a 5-0 defeat to Celtic. He was dropped after this game, with patience running out.
The job of a back-up goalkeeper however is to be prepared, and he did not play like he was at the weekend. It was not a good first impression to make.
Pereira was once a player who United have very high hopes for, that he one day might be able to go on and challenge David de Gea.
This looks impossible now, with Dean Henderson overtaking him, while his own loan spells have ranged from indifferent to flirting with disaster.
Pereira is at this point just filling time until his United contract expires in June.
He will be looking ahead to next summer and hoping to start making a good impression for when he becomes a free agent.
It is unclear if Huddersfield’s first choice Ben Hamer will have to quarantine for their next match on Tuesday night away at Wycombe.
Pereira may get a chance for a reprieve against a team struggling in the Championship relegation zone. It can hardly go worse than his Terriers debut.
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