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Foster’s (potential) signing: setting the foundations for future greatness

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Although the Premier League only finished yesterday, nothing stops in the world of football, and there are strong indications in the media looking towards Ben Foster moving to Birmingham City on a permanent deal for around £6 million.

Foster has spent much of his career on the bench at United, but was allowed out on loan to Watford, where he impressed playing regular football. Since then, Foster has struggled with injury and has failed to impose himself on the Manchester United first team.

Securing the services of a keeper like Foster for a team like Birmingham is fantastic news though. We have truly been spoilt having Hart in goal for us this season, and lots of people will feel disappointed that he will no longer be playing for us. He was always property of Manchester City, and his perfomances this season has made him one of the most valuable English players in the league at the moment, and Manchester City will be keen to hang onto their asset and make the most of it.

Foster needs regular football before we can truly judge how good he is. He must have something about him though for Alex Ferguson to declare publically in the past that he saw Foster as the natural successor for Van Der Sar. Although Joe Hart was simply outstanding this season, loan signings just aren’t good in the long term, as there will always be upheaval to your back four when the player eventually leaves. Signing a permanent keeper early in the pre-season allows time for the defense unit to gel before the season ahead.

The move isn’t certain until that ink has dried and the club announce something, but with so many media reports about a deal, it seems like it may happen. If they pull off a deal like this just a few days after the Premier League finishes, I think it shows a great intent by the club to go out there and get the players we need, and most definately want. Once a goal keeper is signed, we can focus on our forward search and the general strengthening which will need to happen to our squad.

McLeish today has spoken of around 6 players coming in, but this must be a minimum figure. There are at least 6 or more players who will be expected to leave the club this summer, so we’ll need replacements for them and more, to ensure we have a squad who isn’t going to fall to a burnout late in the season, something which happened to our unbeatables.


Written by Nicole Carroll

May 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Posted in Premier League

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