A chip off the old block
Golden Glove Award awaits Kasper Schmeichel
Peter Schmeichel won five English Premier League titles with Manchester United, in a playing career that also saw him claim two IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper awards. However, the undoubted highlight was the 1999 campaign that saw him captaining the Red Devils to that historic treble.
The big Dane had the presence and personality to, not only organize the back four, but also get the best out of them. He has arguably been the best goalkeeper of the Premier League era and we might never see anyone surpass his achievements.
His son Kasper began his career with Manchester City and had loan spells with Darlington, Bury, Falkirk, Cardiff City and Coventry City. He failed to nail down the number one jersey at Manchester City following the arrival of Joe Hart and had spells at Notts County and Leeds United before signing for the Foxes in 2011.
Schmeichel actually made his Premier League debut in the 2007/08 season but has, astonishingly, only made 64 Premier League appearances in his career to date. He played his part in helping Leicester City clinch promotion to the Premier League in the 2013/14 season and recovered from a mid-season injury to help them pull off that miracle escape last time round.
However, it is in the Foxes fairytale rise to the Premier League summit in which he has really excelled. The Dane has kept 13 clean sheets in an incredible campaign and will surely earn the Premier League’s Golden Glove Award, despite some strong opposition from the likes of David de Gea, as can be seen in the Oulala infographic below.
Schmeichel has kept 5 clean sheets in his last 6 matches and has marshalled the centre-back pairing of Robert Huth and Wes Morgan superbly. The Leicester stopper has tremendous reflexes that enable him to block shots from close range and he isn’t afraid to come off his line either, attributes that are reminiscent of his father.
He just needs to add that Premier League winners medal now, then it truly will be a case of like father, like son!