Date: 14th June 2022 at 3:15pm
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Kasper Schmeichel joined Leicester City after a failed spell in Leeds, where he stayed for only a year.

He later admitted to not enjoying his time due to the reception he received. He is of course the son of former Manchester United great Peter Schmeichel, hence the animosity.

In his recent documentary, he was pictured claiming that he had always wanted to be a one-club man, but the hostile chants upon Elland Road forced his hand.

Since his £1m move from Yorkshire however, it is fair to say that the Denmark international has gone on to more than prove the Leeds faithful wrong for hounding him out of the club.

With a Premier League, an FA Cup and a Community Shield to his name, with the former being one of the most sensational stories in footballing history, Kasper Schmeichel has cemented himself in English football folklore as one of the more dependable shot-stoppers of the era.

Boasting 82 clean sheets in 284 Premier League appearances, the 35-year-old has featured in all kinds of Leicester teams. From relegation battlers to European pushers to league winners, the £130k-per-week star has been the constant throughout.

Since leaving, Leeds have had eight different first-choice goalkeepers, with none having more than two seasons as the definitive number one.

Schmeichel on the other hand has made over 30 appearances in all but one of his Premier League seasons for Leicester.

Last season, the ageing keeper further proved that he could still perform at a high level as the Foxes finished eighth and narrowly missed out on a European spot. He conceded 58 league goals; 20 fewer than nearly relegated Illan Meslier.

Not only this, but the 84-cap Denmark international average SofaScore rating outperformed that of the young Frenchman, who could only muster a 6.87, compared to the £3.6m-rated ace’s superior 6.93.

The Copenhagen-born leader has received high praise throughout his career, but his current manager Brendan Rodgers more recently spoke on his influence at the club. He had the following to say:

“His devotion and mentality has really seen him excel at the highest level… He’s super professional and loves training and pushes himself to the limit everyday. He’s a great inspiration to the young goalkeepers.”

He finished by labelling him a “brilliant goalkeeper” both for him and “for other managers before”, further outlining his longevity at the top.

Although Meslier has his entire career ahead of him at just 22, he will struggle to have a career as successful as Schmeichel’s, and one which will earn him the status he holds at Leicester.

Perhaps Leeds missed a trick by forcing him out of the club, and next time rivalries should be put aside when it comes to great players with links to despised clubs, who may improve their football club.

In other news, Leeds must move quickly for “impressive” £6.3m-rated monster who could unlock Phillips.

 

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