Can Leicester City Keep Hold Of Saviour Kasper Schmeichel?


Leicester City celebrated their away draw with Sunderland as if they had won the league. In actual fact they’d just secured their English Premier League status for a second year.

That achievement was just as spectacular in many ways, considering that they had spent much of the season in the drop-zone and looked down and out just a few months ago. In March they were seven points away from safety!

But then Nigel Pearson’s men turned things around and went on a superb run in April, that propelled them up to their current position of fourteenth in the league.

In their last eight fixtures, the Foxes have picked up nineteen points which included six victories.

That successful run also saw Leicester keep five cleansheets. There is no doubt that a strong defence and an inspired goalkeeper can be the difference in many games and gain a side more valuable points.

So with so many people looking on at the highly impressive performances coming out of the King Power Stadium, clubs could now be taking a look at goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and making enquiries this summer.

The Danish goalkeeper missed a big chunk of the season due to broken metatarsal he suffered back in early December. Thankfully though the twenty-eight year old was back in time to help in his sides end of season survival bid.

Like his father (Peter Schmeichel) before him, Kasper commands those defenders that sit just in front of him and can produce match winning saves.

It has taken a bit longer than expected to see the younger Schmeichel playing regularly in the Premier League but he has proven in recent months that he deserves to be there on his own merits.

With so many teams possibly on the lookout for a new man between their sticks next season, can Leicester City hold onto one of their prized assets?

As many as eight Premier League sides could be ready to purchase a new goalie.

For instance, if Man United were to sell David de Gea to Real Madrid, they may just look at bringing in Schmeichel. Obviously Kasper’s father Peter is a legend at Old Trafford and Louis van Gaal could bring in the Leicester City man with the view that he could rival Victor Valdes for the United number one jersey.

If one of Europe’s top clubs make Spurs an offer that they can’t refuse for Hugo Lloris, then they too might see Schmeichel as a readymade replacement.

Speculation surrounds Tim Krul’s future at Newcastle Utd. If the Dutchman is allowed to leave and the Toon stay up, you’d expect a big turnaround in players with Mike Ashley ready to spend hard cash to stave off another season like this one.

Arsenal have recently been linked with a move for the Dane, while Liverpool’s plans for Simon Mignolet remain up in the air.

Any really big offer could test the Foxes’ resolve.

But fear not Leicester City fans, its not all bad news. There are plenty of signs that suggest that Kasper Schmeichel is more than happy to stay on with the East Midland’s outfit.

Firstly the Danish international has recently come out and stated his admiration for boss Nigel Pearson…

‘All the praise in the world he deserves,’ 

‘The boss has been immense. He is the best manager I have played under.’

Then we have to factor in the promise of first team football in the top flight that the keeper gets by staying with Leicester. When Kasper left Man City back in 2009, he showed the world that he wasn’t happy picking up a paycheque whilst sitting on the bench. Would he risk going to a more established Premier League team if it meant more time on the bench and less game time on the pitch?

So will Kasper Schmeichel really jump on this summer’s goalkeeping transfer merry-go-round?

I don’t think so, unless both he and his club get an offer they just can’t refuse!

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