Schmeichel’s class comes from the genes
January 21, 2011
Kasper Schmeichel once again showed his huge potential with another quality performance against the Arsenal attack in Leeds’ brave 3-1 loss in their FA Cup third round replay at a packed Elland Road. The comparisons between Kasper and dad Peter are pretty obvious; from the shock of blond hair, the constant ‘vocal encouragement’ towards defenders, the running up field in the last minute, all down to the sort of world class saves that make you drop your cup of tea.Kasper will feel he could have done better with Bacary Sagna’s well struck goal for Arsenal’s second, but the young Dane had earlier pulled off a Gordon Bank-style save to claw Marouane Chamakh downward header away to keep Leeds in the tie. The football predictions suggested an easy win for Arsenal, but Schmeichel helped keep the score down.
If a striker is one-on-one with Kasper, Leeds fans have gained a confidence that their keeper will probably prevail. There is no doubt who young Schmeichel has taken lessons from when it comes to closing down strikers and making himself big, it is reminiscent of Peter during his time as the least favourite keeper of many Premier League forward.
England’s number one Joe Hart has previously admitted to observing the way Kasper worked on his one on ones when Schmeichel was at Manchester City a few years ago. It’s not just his closing down that makes Schmeichel Jnr such an exciting young keeper, his distribution is second to none and the way he runs his penalty area is improving game on game.
Leeds fans will be a little worried that Schmeichel only signed a two-year contract when he joined the club last summer, should Leeds fail to get out of the Championship by the time that two years is up, then there are plenty of top flight sides who would be desperate to welcome him to their club. The football betting indicates they have every chance of going up and Schmeichel will have a big part to play in this.
Kasper seems to have his head pretty screwed on though and may see Leeds as the perfect club at this time of his career. The Arsenal game showed that Leeds are still one of the best supported clubs in the country and it looks as though under Simon Grayson they could really be moving back into the promised land. Kasper may well find himself falling a little bit in love with the club that is still finding it strange to cheer for a Schmeichel.