Having endured a season of high-profile mistakes, Thomas Sorensen might have seen the arrival of another goalkeeper as a threat to his place in the Aston Villa first team.
But the Denmark international welcomes the arrival of Stuart Taylor from Arsenal and, far from seeing the challenge as an obstacle, regards it as an opportunity.
Sorensen generally performed well enough last season but will not be allowed to forget the errors he made in the two Second City derby matches against Birmingham City and one in the FA Cup away to Sheffield United.
David O'Leary, the Villa manager, remained loyal to Sorensen, much to the chagrin of Stefan Postma, the substitute goalkeeper, who subsequently tendered a transfer request. Postma is still at Villa Park but is unlikely to play for the team again.
Sorensen joined Villa for £2.25 million in the summer of 2003 and, having seen off the challenges of Peter Enckelman and Postma, is looking to do likewise with Taylor. All, of course, for the benefit of Villa.
"Stuart is a hard worker and, as I would expect, he is not here to just sit on his backside and enjoy life," Sorensen said. "Obviously he is here to work hard and try to gain my spot.
"I respect him for that and we get on well. He has spiced it up a bit. I know I have to play really well to stay in the team and that is the way it should be."
Villa play at home to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday as they kick off their 14th Premiership campaign. Sorensen is optimistic that the team can improve on their finish of tenth last season.
"We have been training hard now for five weeks and everything has been geared up to this first game," Sorensen said. "It is such a big difference, playing a friendly game compared to one where there are points at stake.
"You know what you are going to get against Bolton - you get plenty of long throws, free-kicks and balls into the box.
"That is their game, but they have definitely got players as well - people like Jay Jay Okocha and Ivan Campo in midfield who can create chances.
"So it is going to be a tough game, as it always is, but I think we have had our fair share of wins against them, so we should have the upper hand.
"We will have a big crowd cheering us on, on Saturday and with some tough games coming up, it is important to get off to a good start.
"Look at Everton last year, they got off to a flying start and that kept them going all the way through."
Villa seemed to lack confidence for much of last season and struggled to score goals. With a stronger squad and greater balance, it is hard to see the team struggling like that again.
"It is important, it gives everyone confidence if you are up among the top five or six teams after maybe three or four games," Sorensen said.
"Confidence is all. We felt that on our own patch two years ago when we suddenly got into a run and we felt we could not lose. A good start will definitely help that come again.
"There is going to be a lot of competition for the European places, but we have got as good a chance as our rivals.
"Hopefully, there will still be one or two players coming in."