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Van Der Gea in Goal?

Siddarth Monday, September 27, 2010
Sir Alex’s scouting mission to watch Valencia wasn’t all about the Spanish outfit it seems, photographed with United’s goalkeeping coach Eric Steele, it is believed Fergie was also scouting Atletico Madrid’s wonder kid David De Gea, who at the tender age of 19 is already their no. 1 GK and keeping out another excellent goalkeeping prospect in Sergio Asenjo.

De Gea is the latest in a long list of exceptionally talented goalkeepers that Spain boast, including the likes of Pepe Reina, Victor Valdes, Sergio Asenjo, Gorka Iraizoz, Diego Lopez and of course the best of them all Iker Casillas. De Gea has had a meteoric rise from being Atletico’s no. 4 GK at the beginning of last season to the regular no. 1 by this season.

Atletico started the previous season by securing the services of the very talented Sergio Asenjo from Valladolid over the summer; this was done even though the coaches within the club believed that De Gea was a better talent. De Gea went on working hard and constantly improving, and eventually got his opportunity when Asenjo and no. 2 GK at the time, Roberto Gago were both injured and he went on to make his senior debut as a sub in a 2-0 defeat to Porto in the champions league, in the subsequent league game he went on to impress as he saved a penalty from Marko Babic in a 2-1 victory over Real Zaragoza. Asenjo though returned to continue as the no. 1 but with Quique Sanchez Flores taking over as the manager and Asenjo making several costly mistakes, De Gea ended the season as Atletico’s first choice GK, in the process winning two Man of the Match awards, He was also rewarded for his fine performances with a selection in Spain’s 30 man probable list for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. He has since built on his fine displays and started the current season as Madrid's first choice GK.

De Gea is a gigantic player and at only 19 he’s already 1.92m tall or approximately 6’3” and his height is one of the reasons he’s so good in the air, a trait found lacking in many GK’s at this young age, which they usually only develop with experience. De Gea’s positioning in goal and his shot stopping skills are great but he does tend to make simple saves a bit acrobatically, making a good Superman impression in the process. His reflexes might not be the best though, but should improve with time, one on one he’s pretty tough to beat as he makes full use of his big frame to stop attackers.

De Gea might be only 19 but his performances so far have been exceptional, he’s displayed that he can perform exceptionally well at the highest level, and is surely only going to improve with age and experience. He is my bet to take over from Iker Casillas when he finally decides to retire; the sky’s the limit for De Gea as he continues to improve and impress everyone!!

If Sir Alex did go to Spain with De Gea also on his mind then he’s certainly looking at the right player to step in for Edwin once he retires, interestingly the two do share a similar build and slightly resemble each other, if he does join United, we can be assured that once Van Der Sar hangs up his gloves, we have a dependable pair of hands in De Gea to take over!

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deviledspam said...

I've read about him, I believe through and I must say he's highly rated in Spain if reports are 2 be believed. I'm not familiar w/ him so I can't rate him but I can say that if he's that highly rated he's not gonna want 2 come sit on ManUtd's bench until VDS retires.

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