Keith Curle believes that Bartosz Bialkowski has what it takes to play top-flight football in the future, following another impressive showing.
Bialkowski made a string of remarkable saves to keep Yeovil Town at bay in the weekend’s fixture at Huish Park.
One save in the second half to deny Glovers’ centre-back Daniel Burn was truly outstanding and one that would be shown over and over again had it been produced by a Premier League goalkeeper.
Curle knew of the Pole’s potential ahead of his arrival at Meadow Lane in the summer and has been pleased to see the stopper living up to his reputation.
He told Magpie Player: “He’s starting to look assured and confident in his decision making.
“I thought his kicking was fantastic and when he was called upon, he applied himself very well.
“I know that Bart’s a number one, he learnt his trade under the stewardship of a goalkeeper coach at Southampton that I know very well, Jim Stannard.
“As soon as the season ended, I spoke to Jim and he said ‘I’ve got one for you and you can have him for nothing’.
“He said ‘I can’t believe you’re going to get this goalkeeper for nothing, because he will be worth a lot of money when he establishes himself as a number one’.
“Now Bart is on that journey of establishing himself, that comes with pressure and responsibility and he’s thriving in that.”
The Magpies return to Meadow Lane on Tuesday night for the FA Cup with Budweiser second round replay with Rotherham United. To purchase tickets for this game, visit www.nottscountydirect.co.uk.
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