Felix Wiedwald has suggested to BBC Radio Leeds that it is important for him to have someone like Andy Lonergan also in the Leeds ranks to keep pushing him.
Wiedwald has enjoyed a dream start to life at Elland Road. Since letting two goals in against Bolton on the opening day of the season, the 27-year-old has kept six clean sheets in a row to help the Whites put themselves top of the Championship.
Though the midweek victory over Birmingham was the first time in a while that the German had been properly tested, the early signs suggest that he is yet another good signing for Thomas Christiansen's side.
Another new, yet familiar, face to arrive at Leeds during the summer was Lonergan, who signed from Wolves five years after leaving the Whites for Fulham, to provide Wiedwald with additional competition following Rob Green's departure.
And Wiedwald insisted that it is only beneficial to have someone like the 33-year-old pushing him to maintain the standards he has begun the campaign with.
"Everybody has competition so I have competition too. He's a nice guy, he's an old guy so I can learn something off him and maybe he will learn something off me so it's very important to have this guy on the bench," he told BBC Radio Leeds.
As Wiedwald suggests, having someone of Lonergan's experience in the ranks - while Bailey Peacock-Farrell will also be looking to force his way up the pecking order - should only help him as it will not allow the former Werder Bremen stopper to become complacent.
And he can arguably not afford to become complacent as up until the Blues games, Wiedwald's defence had almost given him so little to do that he is yet to fully prove himself to his new side.