(Article submitted by Stani)
As the season draws to a close and we begin to look to next season, the
goalkeeping position is one we will be looking to strengthen over the
summer with Jussi Jasskelainen now in the twilight of his career.
I read an article linking us with Brad Guzan, who without doubt is a
good goalkeeper. It would be an improvement if we did get him, but how
much of an improvement? Though the American international has been
keeping Shay Given out of the Aston Villa side, Villa have struggled
this season and shipped in a few goals on more than one occasion.
Obviously the goalkeeper cannot be entirely blamed for this, but Guzan
has always come across – to coin a phrase from an ex-West Ham 'keeper,
David James – as a bit camerish to me.
My choice? Well there's
one young 'keeper that has really caught my eye in the few appearances
he has made this season, and that is Reading's Alex McCarthy. Tall,
brave, agile, alert, and just 23 years of age. In my view he will be
worth more than £15 million before too long and will be the one to take
over from Joe Hart as England's number one. I am astonished he hasn’t
already been snapped up by a bigger club, and leaves me quite anxious
that we could be missing out on a future superstar.
Allardyce should act now. We have already missed out on another
promising young 'keeper in Jack Butland, who signed for Stoke in the
January window for a bargain £3.5 million whilst we stood there
twiddling our thumbs.