When the news broke in the summer that Jurgen Klopp would not be allowing play-off hero Danny Ward to return, David Wagner’s attention turned elsewhere in his search for his first choice goalkeeper.
Surprisingly, it was Danish goalkeeper Jonas Lössl who had caught Wagner’s attention despite a difficult season with Bundesliga side FSV Mainz.
The signing left plenty of pundits, particularly in Germany, bemused as to why Wagner would look to sign a goalkeeper who had made a number of high profile mistakes and yet, Wagner showed his faith in the Dane as his first choice keeper.
In what has been an action packed start to the season, it is safe to say that Jonas Lössl has repaid the faith that David Wagner has shown in him.
Since the start of the season, the Danish international has made a string of excellent performances and yesterday was no different.
Whilst this was Lössl’s fifth clean sheet of the season, it seemed different to the others as for large parts of the game, he was simply a bystander.
Aside from a Jay Rodriguez shot in the 35th minute which Lössl dealt with comfortably, the Dane was not called into action until stoppage time.
This was when Jonas Lössl came into his own.
After West Brom recycled possession, Keiran Gibb’s looping cross towards the back post was met by James McClean.
The Irish international climbed highest to power a header towards goal but Lössl showed his athletic ability as he sprang to his right brilliantly to keep his clean sheet intact.
Seemingly moments later, he was called into action once again as Matt Phillips firmly struck shot from the edge of the box travelled through a body of players before Lössl reacted brilliantly to parry it wide. The save was made better by the fact that he saw it extremely late.
It was, therefore, no surprise to see David Wagner and Christoph Buhler charge towards Lössl at the final whistle to congratulate the Dane.
These two saves have been just a few in a catalogue of excellent saves that Jonas Lössl has made this season that have almost certainly earned Town points.
Yet, what has been most impressive about Jonas Lössl for me is his strength of character.
After gifting Swansea City the opening goal, it would’ve been easy for the Dane to lose confidence and slip back into the form which saw him lose his starting place at FSV Mainz towards the end of last season.
Instead, Jonas Lössl has regained his confidence and managed to return to his early season form which was rightly attracting plenty of plaudits and long may it continue.
Like Town themselves, Jonas Lössl was written off completely when he made the switch to the newly-promoted Premier League side.
Many thought he would make a catalogue of errors and whilst he has had some nervy moments, he has personified Town’s defiance and never say die attitude.
A combination of a change of scenery and the faith that David Wagner has shown in him has enabled his revitalisation. He is now demonstrating the form that he was showing at Guingamp before his unsuccessful spell in Germany.
Already he has played an integral role in Town’s good start to life in the Premier League and if Wagner can keep his confidence high, that will undoubtedly continue.