Kasper helps Leicester win away!
Leicester City won away from home for the first time in nearly a year as the Foxes beat West Ham 3-2 at the London Stadium. Leicester played like champions as goals from Riyad Mahrez, Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy put them into a 3-1 lead at half-time. But, it was Kasper Schmeichel that came to the team's rescue in the end. In the second half, West Ham reduced the deficit through Andre Ayew and were pressing for an equaliser. Andy Carroll had two great chances to equalise but Schmeichel stopped them both with two sensational saves. The first save was from a Carroll header which Schmeichel managed to save while falling behind the goal line. The second, in the third minute of injury time, was even better. Carroll hit a volley from close-range and Schmiechel dived to his right and managed to save. This performance came after two great performances against Sevilla in the Champions League. He saved a penalty in both legs! Is Schmeichel the best goalkeeper in the Premier League?
"Kasper had to make some special saves. My heart was in my mouth at times." Leicester City's new manager, Craig Shakespeare.
Who is Kasper Schmeichel?
Kasper Peter Schmeichel was born in November 1986, in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. His dad is the Manchester Utd legend, Peter Schmeichel, who won the Premier League title five times and also the Champions League. His dad has said that he never pushed his son into football and he never told him to become a goalkeeper. Kasper joined Manchester City as a schoolboy while his dad was playing for the club in 2002. He signed his first professional contract in 2005, and was sent on loan to a number of clubs in England and Scotland to get experience. He made his Premier League debut in 2007/08, but only played eight times before he moved to Notts County in 2009. Following a season in League Two with County, Schmeichel moved to Leeds Utd in the Championship, before moving to Leicester City, who at that time were also in the Championship. Schmeichel was named Leicester's player of the season in 2011/12 and was named in the Championship team of the season in 2012/13 and 2013/14, when the club was promoted to the Premier League. Last season, Schmeichel helped Leicester avoid relegation and he has been a crucial part of Leicester's surprise success this season.
"I think that Kasper is as good as Peter was. The difference is that Peter was the world's best goalkeeper, Kasper isn't, but football has evolved." Erik Thorstvedt, ex-Tottenham goalkeeper.
Like father, like son?
In the next few days, Kasper Schmeichel could follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a Premier League title winner. There haven't been many father and son combinations that have played in the Premier League. Steve Bruce was the captain of Manchester Utd in the 1990s and won the Premier League three times. His son, Alex, has played Premier League football for Birmingham City and Hull City. Gus Poyet played over 200 matches for Chelsea and Tottenham and helped the former win both the FA Cup and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. His son, Diego is on the books at West Ham and has played three times in the Premier League. The only father and son to both win the Premier League is Ian Wright who won the Premier League with Arsenal in 1997/98 and his son, Shaun, who won it with Chelsea in 2005/06. Will the Schmeichels become the second father and son to win the Premier League this weekend?
"I am proud and think Kasper has done really well. But I would have been proud of anything he did. Just because football is high profile and people follow it, it doesn’t make it a better thing." Peter Schmeichel, Manchester Utd legend and Kasper's dad.
Is Kasper Schmeichel the best goalkeeper in the Premier League?
Kasper Schmeichel kept his fifteenth clean sheet of the season against Swansea City and no other Premier League goalkeeper has kept more clean sheets this season. Joe Hart, Manchester CIty’s goalkeeper, has also kept 15 clean sheets but has made less saves than Leicester’s number one. Schmeichel has made 88 saves compared to 68 for the City goalkeeper. In the table below, you can see that the only goalkeeper in the top five to make more saves than Schmeichel is Petr Cech at Arsenal. All five have had great seasons and all five are the number one goalkeepers for their country, too. Who do you think is the best? Let us know in the comments section what you think.
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Did you know......?
Kasper Schmeichel was a striker until he was 15.
Schmeichel played for five different clubs before he made his Premier League debut for Manchester City.
One of Schmeichel's best friends is the Manchester City goalkeeper, Joe Hart.
Kasper Schmeichel has his own range of goalkeeping gloves, which he designed himself. The range is called Schmeichology!
Schmeichel says his best advice for young goalkeepers is to enjoy it and not take things too seriously.
What do you think?
Is Kasper Schmeichel the best goalkeeper in the Premier League? If not, who is?
Is it more difficult or easier for a footballer who has a famous father?
Is it common for children to do the same thing as their parents? Do you know anyone who does the same job as their mum or dad?
Write your answers in the comments section below.