Doing the analysis on the Leicester goalkeepers is an easy story, with two super alternatives to chose from with Kasper Schmeichel the ultimate first choice, club captain and a Denmark international soon to break every appearances record the club have for this position. Danny Ward also a natural cover and at this moment Wales first choice.
Both goalkeepers have a past from the bigger clubs, being at Man City (KS) and Liverpool (DW) previously. But they also have seen the side of lower league status with Schmeichel being at places such as Notts Co, Bury and Darlington, while Ward has his upbringing at Wrexham. Kasper has to date played a total of 377 league games for Leicester, with Ward yet to make his debut at PL level with this football club.
Another Dane at the club, Daniel Iversen was send out on loan to Preston in the Championship, and he will be there for the season, being left with Eldin Jakupovic yet to sign a new deal, but said to be offered one to retain the services of the steady third man among the goalkeepers.
You also have the Polish U.20 international Jakub Stolarczyk at the club. He will be challenged by newly signed England U.19 international Brad Young, on the move from Hartlepool.
The goalkeeper tradition at Leicester is a fantastic one with a number of great internationals being seen over the last 60 years in goal for the club.
England internationals Ian Walker, Tim Flowers, Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton are all former first choice names, with USA international Kasey Keller and England U.23 international Mark Wallington and England U.21 one cap Ian Andrews also being seen in goal over a number of seasons.Embed from Getty Images
Looking back you also have a number of iconic choices that mostly were seen as covers but did an impression, being another Dane, Jimmy Nielsen and later to be Liverpool understudy Pegguy Arphexad. Nielsen didn’t appear one single time for Leicester, but ended up being voted goalkeeper of the season in the MLS playing for Kansas, and seen as one of their greatest players, he is also a legend at Aalborg.
Arphexad never let anyone down when he jumped in during his spells covering for Keller and Flowers, most of the time playing in long tights. To mention also is the 08-09 season in League One, when Leicester fielded six different goalkeepers during their winning season, four of them coming in on loan, being David Martin (L), David Stockdale (L), Paul Henderson, Tony Warner (L), Carl Pentney and Mark Bunn (L).
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is not looking to strengthen this area and with a new deal prepared for Eldin Jakupovic, we do see that this position well covered and in the depth good enough, though if injury should strike it might be a bit too early for Young and Stolarczyk to step in, but for now no need for new players.
Danny Ward has been seen as a target for other clubs with Wolves being linked, but at this moment it looks unlikely to see such a move happen and we believe that will be staying.
Not to forget Mark Schwarzer who broke every record of oldest player at the club, being top of that category regarding transfers and different appearances. The Australian joined Leicester as a 42 year old and spent two seasons at the club joining from Chelsea in January 2015.Embed from Getty Images
Doing a rating of the position on a scale from 1 to 10, would say 8. In our opinion top class and in shape to win trophies as we have seen in the past, and also with this quality present to chase the PL top spot.
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