Saturday, May 27, 2017

Kasper Schmeichel: Leicester City goalkeeper gives new bearing to old name

Big summer ahead of Kasper Schmeichel / Image via goal.com

Déjà vu

Manchester United supporters will have fond memories of the surname Schmeichel.

Reports suggesting Jose Mourinho could be willing to write new chapter with another Dane with that proud name. Such a scenario would  undoubtedly push several smiles on fans’ faces. It will indisputably raise a couple of eyebrows as well with one important question hanging over Leicester City shot stopper.

Is Kasper Schmeichel good enough for Manchester United?

Peter Schmeichel spent eight most successful years of his career at Old Trafford. Defending Manchester United’s colours he captained Red Devils to the 1999 UEFA Champions League glory and the treble.

His legacy at Old Trafford is iconic and legendary with many those coming after him failing to measure up to the high standards set by the dominant Dane. And with Manchester United preparing to enter another summer full of hot goalkeeping speculation with David De Gea seemingly once again on his way to Real Madrid, it is Peter Schmeichel’s son who has emerged as one of the top favourites to get between the sticks at Old Trafford.

Ten-Year Meander

Kasper’s father finished his career at Manchester City, but Kasper Schmeichel started it at the Etihad.

He was never given a chance to shine and prove his worth with the Citizens though. After a series of low-league loan spells he was sold to Notts County in 2008.

Kasper’s rise to prominence came hand in hand with Leicester City’s surge which was crowned with last season’s Premier League title. The 30-year-old goalkeeper was a vital part in his team’s dream-like success season, during which he confirmed his goalkeeping qualities.

Leicester City gave Kasper the much-needed stability, took his confidence and self-belief to the new level and allowed his to flourish. Interest from the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan and Manchester United whispers back in 2014 came as a deserved appraisal, but Kasper’s loyalty was the thing that made him even a bigger goalkeeper at the time.

He decided to stick with a club that showed faith in his abilities and his decision reaped great rewards ultimately.

Ripe Years

Current season presented Kasper with a chance to fully mature as a goalkeeper by playing the Champions League football. Leicester City’s dream campaign in the elite club competition brought the best out of him and displayed on the brightest of scenes.

Schmeichel’s overall brilliance at Europe’s elite club competition was most evident during the both legs of the Champions League last-16 clash against Sevilla. His wonderful performances helped Kasper prove worth in his own right and that is the biggest issue he had to deal with over the past few years.

Underrated throughout his career with spell at Darlington, Bury and Falkirk, Kasper Schmeichel is finally getting out of his own shadow making his stance clear – it is time to get out of the father’s shadow as well.

With 30 years of age, Kasper Schmeichel still has plenty of time in front of him to go out and prove his worth. With Manchester United and Manchester City – but even Real Madrid – thinking about him, Kasper could continue the dream which is about to get ended at Leicester City as the underwhelming Premier League season draws to a close.

It would appear that Kasper Schmeichel’s future could be in David De Gea’s hands.

One of the heaviest transfer topics hit the gossip circles once more with the Spanish goalkeeper getting linked with Los Blancos all over again. Real Madrid want him, but are reportedly prepared to take Kasper themselves if they fail in another bid to land the Spanish shot stopper.

He might not be the most luxurious of the names in the market at the moment if you line him up by the likes of David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois, but Kasper Schmeichel has definitely given the fresh weight to that famous Danish surname and would be a good of a choice for even the biggest European sides.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Milos Markovic


Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia Sportske.net, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently Soccernews.com and Futbolgrad.com. His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.

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