Chris Coleman admits Sunderland are lucky Jason Steele didn't join Derby County

Middlesbrough keeper Jason Steele in action during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough at Stadium of Light on October 30, 2012 in Sunderland,...

Derby County were all set to sign Jason Steele from Sunderland in January, but the transfer fell through.

Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Chris Coleman has told the Northern Echo that Sunderland were lucky that Jason Steele didn’t join Derby County in the January transfer window.

Steele was all set to leave Sunderland, but a move to Derby fell through on deadline day.

It left Sunderland with three goalkeepers, which seemed excessive at the time.

However, an injury to Robbin Ruiter threatens to keep the German stopper out for the remainder of the season.

Jason Steele of Blackburn looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Blackburn Rovers at iPro Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Derby, England.

And Coleman admits that Sunderland got lucky that Steele is still at the Stadium of Light now.

“Funny how it works, with the keepers Robbin will be out for 8-12 weeks, bad dislocation," Coleman said.

"Lee Camp is here, now Steele is still here too to fight it out. Lucky that deal (to Derby) fell through in the end. Jason looked good last week, trained well and played with the 23s.”

Steele is set to only be given a covering role for the remainder of the campaign, as Sunderland did bring in Lee Camp in January.

Middlesbrough keeper Jason Steele in action during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough at Stadium of Light on October 30, 2012 in Sunderland,...

Camp will become Sunderland’s number one for the remainder of the campaign, and Coleman will be hoping he can provide a solid platform for the side’s defence.

Steele and Ruiter have both been shaky throughout the season to date, and Sunderland will need Camp to step up to the plate if they are to avoid relegation.

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