David De Gea’s former Manchester United coach Eric Steele backing English goalkeepersposted by John053622 on November 20th, 2019
Premier League clubs shouldn’t more have to appear abroad to fill vacancies, according to the guy who brought David De Gea in 2011 into Manchester United.
De Gea’s contract at Old Trafford expires next summer and Eric Steele, who recruited the Spaniard out of Atletico Madrid, considers there is more English gift than at any stage in the previous ten years and there should no longer be any requirement to look abroad for replacements.
Steele has been 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 in the club.
He says that there was a dearth of English goalkeeping gift available back then that is why he and several other Premier League clubs – seemed to bring in’keepers from abroad. But that may not need to be the case nine years if United cannot tied De Gea to fresh terms and will need to supply a replacement.
“Yeah, I always really did this. And because you know, it had been at a major club. At the time, I had to have a great look about,” Steele told Sky Sports News.
“I seem today, and it has come half circle – maybe not very full circle yet, but it has got to promote us. As an England set-up, it’s great to have greater Language keepers playing in the Premier League, and long may it last.”
Steele is currently a key figure within the FA, in the way to develop young talent, training the country’s goalkeeping coaches.
The benefits of that talent development are showing obvious effects 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 a healthy collection of seven English goalkeepers – such as Watford veteran Ben Foster – playing in the Premier League.
“We’ve probably now got the very ideal thickness [in English goalkeeping], therefore St George’s Park has functioned. The DNA is suitable. We’re seeing the fruition of the – . And developed a lot of gift,” Steele explained.
He says the development of Ramsdale, who has established all four Premier League games for Bournemouth so much this year, provides the ideal illustration.
“Ramsdale has been with me in England’s junior groups a couple of decades ago, he then carried on through the U20s, U21s, and he is now playing Premier League soccer. That’s advancement, which is absolutely what we desire.
“Now he is playing as one of those seven English goalkeepers in the Premier League. We’ve got a depth of talent that ought to see us fine for the next 10-15 decades.”
Steele believes De Gea’s advent in England marked a revolution in.
“Back then, concerning the job you would do on the practice pitch, it’d probably be 70 per cent focused on the hands – ensuring you keep it from the net – and 30 per cent on the toes, with the ball. Now, it is probably reversed,” he continued.
“Premier League coaches have realised the favorable effect keepers can have on the team. It’s developed immeasurably over the previous ten decades.”
Steele says goalkeepers are shipped out to practice shot-stopping by themselves. He states typically, they at the very heart of the group, involved with killing and defensive drills, and therefore are expected to kick-start passing moves in training, and in games.
Is it no longer to be a fantastic shot-stopper?
“You’ve got to have that. I still believe you have to keep the ball. But look at Alisson, seem at Ederson. Check out Pickford for England,” Steele said.
“Steve Holland (Southgate’s assistant) did a semester here [with the senior England team ] yesterday – a whole session on how best to guard setup plays. In order that brings the goalkeepers right but he did that within a match environment.
“It is familiarity with both hands and the feet – cope with the shots and the crosses nonetheless out of possession, goalkeepers now have to sweep behind their defence.
“It is about a sense of risk, and also an awareness of how to create attacks. And you must do that within a team framework”
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