Brendan Rodgers made his mind up and dropped Danny Ward for the crucial away fixture vs. Brentford. Daniel Iversen, with the middle name “Lønne”, was given his full Premier League debut today. This to build on earlier performances in different cup games and of course loan spells out at other clubs and last at Preston.
Daniel Iversen had to see one goal conceded as a deflection made it difficult to stop the ball, but still believe it was saveable, but credit to the dane as the defense worked well in front of him.
TCF believe he is the better goalkeeper at present and was surprised to see how long it would take for Brendan Rodgers to understand that he had done the wrong decision to go for Danny Ward, as he missed the pre-season and from those performances it would have been better to give Daniel Iversen the gloves.
Danny Ward is a patient man and has shown great loyalty and Brendan Rodgers was ready to give him a proper chance to establish himself as a trusty first choice, but not so far managed to convince anyone about his qualites at this level.
The fact that Wales coach Robert Page decided to play Wayne Hennessey in the World Cup, should be a massive signal to Brendan Rodgers that his judgement on Ward might have a bit too much positive and that it would take so long to give this debut to Daniel Iversen was a grand surprise.
The amount of games Daniel Iversen have played in the last four seasons on loan, has given him experience and belief that he can be first choice at Leicester. Last season he was voted the best player at Preston. He also signed an agreement last summer with a length to July 2025.
The game in itself did not put the dane on much of a test, but still doing what he should do. We do believe that the goal he let in could have been saved, but not to blame, it was not a mistake in any way.
Going back looking at some of the better goalkeepers at the club in the past, Gordon Banks made his league debut at home vs. Blackpool in 1959, result, 1-1. Peter Shilton made his debut in 1966, keeping a clean sheet at home vs. Everton as Leicester came out 3-0 winners. Kasper Schmeichel played his first league game for Leicester against one of his former clubs, Coventry, Leicester winning 1-0.
Mark Wallington made his debut in a 2-0 win vs. West Ham, stepping in for Peter Shilton. It was all happening in 1972, but Wallington had, as Daniel Iversen, a long wait to become first choice. Kasey Keller made his league debut vs. Sunderland. 0-0 draw on the day as it took place away on the 17th of August 1996.
Ian Walker made his debut in the 2001 season opener vs. Ipswich, another 1-1 draw. Tim Flowers had to see defeat on his Leicester league debut. The game was a season opener away to Arsenal, The Gunners winning 2-0 in August 1999.
Danny Ward made his league debut for Leicester in the 5-1 away win to Watford just a year ago. Looking at all of the former greats the Wales international had the best debut of all, winning with great tallies.
Daniel Iversen will hopefully grab this chance to establish himself and of course knowing he will get a proper amount of games could see him secure his position long term, as we all know his capacity and will most certainly get his Denmark recall soon, as he had a place in the squad last season, being an ever present at Preston.
A total of 150 league appearances in the last five years for Oldham, Rotherham Leuven and Preston will certainly be of good use when he know will be given a chance to establish himself in the Leicester goal.
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