Did Derby and Sheffield United dodge a bullet with Simon Sluga?

Chris Wilder, Manager of Sheffield United celebrates following his sides victory in the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest at Bramall Lane on April...

Simon Sluga was linked with Derby County and Premier League newcomers Sheffield United before joining Championship outfit Luton Town.

Simon Sluga of HNK Rijeka directs his defense during the UEFA Europa League group D match between AC Milan and HNK Rijeka at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 28, 2017 in Milan, Italy.

We are just two games into Simon Sluga’s Championship career and the goalkeeper has arguably cost Luton Town three points already.

The Croatia international arrived at Kenilworth Road a hero after his penalty saving masterclass inspired Rijeka to cup glory last season. But, as it stands, Sluga could hardly be further away from hero status with the Hatters.

Sluga’s Luton debut was overshadowed, understandably so, by a spill that Massimo Taibi would have been proud of to gift Britt Assombalonga the easiest of goals in that 3-3 draw with Middlesbrough.

WEST BROMWICH, UK 2ND FEBRUARY Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough celebrates with George Saviille after scoring their third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between West...

And, with 96 minutes on the clock, Sluga’s decision to charge off his line against Cardiff City on Saturday cost Graeme Jones’ side dear once again. He completely missed a wicked Junior Hoilett cross and was stuck in no man’s land as Isaac Vassell glanced in a dramatic, last-gasp winner.

So Derby County and Sheffield United, who were both linked with a £1.8 million move for Sluga before he joined Luton in August (Goal), must be wiping their brow and sighing in relief.

Derby instead signed a proven, experienced Championship shot-stopper in Ben Hamer, while Sheffield United succeeding in bringing the brilliant England U21 international Dean Henderson back to Bramall Lane from Manchester United.

For Sluga, meanwhile, things can only get better. The raw potential is clear for all to see but surely he cannot afford another high-profile clanger?

Croatia's goalkeeper Simon Sluga (2nd L) jumps to block the ball during a group stage football match between Croatia and New Zealand at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup at the Bursa Ataturk...

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