David De Gea’s former Manchester United coach Eric Steele backing English goalkeepersposted by John053622 on November 20th, 2019
Premier League clubs shouldn’t longer have to appear overseas to fill vacancies, as stated by the guy who attracted David De Gea into Manchester United.
De Gea’s contract at Old Trafford expires next summer and Eric Steele, who recruited the Spaniard from Atletico Madrid, thinks there’s more English gift than any point in the previous ten years and there must no longer be any necessity to appear abroad for replacements.
Steele was United’s goalkeeping coach when De Gea arrived in England to replace Edwin van der Sar after which educated him for his first two seasons at the club.
He says there has been a dearth of English goalkeeping gift available back then that is why he and many other Premier League clubs – appeared to deliver in’keepers from abroad. But that might not have to be the situation nine years on if United can’t tied De Gea to fresh terms and will need to supply a replacement.
“Yeah, I always really did it. And since you know, it was at a really big club. At the time, I had to have a good look about,” Steele told Sky Sports News.
“I seem now, and it’s come half ring – maybe not quite complete circle yet, but it has got to encourage us. As an England set-up, it is great to have more Language keepers playing in the Premier League, and long may it last.”
Steele is currently a key figure within the FA, training the goalkeeping coaches of the country in how best to develop young talent.
The benefits of the talent growth are showing definite consequences with Jordan Pickford (Everton), Tom Heaton (Aston Villa), Nick Pope (Burnley), Dean Henderson (Sheffield United, on loan from Manchester United), Angus Gunn (Southampton) and Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth) making up a healthy list of seven English goalkeepers – including Watford veteran Ben Foster – playing in the Premier League.
“We have probably now got the ideal depth [in English goalkeeping], so St George’s Park has functioned. The DNA is appropriate. We’re seeing the fruition of this – we’ve won championships. And developed a great deal of talent,” Steele explained.
He states the development of Ramsdale, who has started each of four Premier League matches for Bournemouth so far this year, provides the ideal illustration.
“Ramsdale has been with me in England’s junior groups a few decades back, he then carried on throughout the U20s, U21s, and he’s now playing Premier League soccer. That is growth, that is what we need.
“Now he’s playing as one of those seven English goalkeepers in the Premier League. We have a depth of talent which should see us fine for another 10-15 decades.”
Steele thinks a revolution in just what the goalkeeper’s role is within a team was marked by De Gea’s coming in England.
“Back then, in terms of the work you’d do on the practice pitch, it’d probably be 70 per cent focused on the palms – ensuring you keep it from the net – and 30 per cent on the toes, together with the chunk. Now, it is probably reversed,” he continued.
“Premier League coaches have realised the positive impact keepers can have on the group. It’s developed immeasurably over the previous 10 decades.”
Steele states goalkeepers are no longer sent out to clinic. He states they’re currently in the very heart of the group, involved with attacking and defensive drills, and therefore are predicted to moves in coaching, and in matches.
Is it no longer to be only a great shot-stopper?
“You’ve got to have that. I still believe you need to keep the ball. However, look at Alisson, look at Ederson. Check out Pickford for England,” Steele said.
“Steve Holland (Southgate’s assistant) did a semester [with the senior England team ] yesterday – an entire session on the best way to guard setup plays. So that attracts the goalkeepers right into the middle, but he did that within a match environment.
“It’s closeness with all hands and the feet – cope with all the shots as well as the crosses nonetheless , but out of ownership, goalkeepers finally need to sweep behind their own defence.
“It is about an awareness of risk, and also an awareness of the way to create attacks. And you must do this within a team framework”
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