City goalkeeping coach Eric Steele has backed Kasper Schmeichel to keep hold of his spot in the Blues first team.
The Danish Under 21 international has kept a clean sheet in his first two senior games for City this week, and Eric has told www.mcfc.co.uk:
“I think Kasper will be very happy, he’s had a sound couple of games. He has handled the occasions very well, but the team has done very well for him, because the captain and Micah especially were excellent in front of him.
“The good thing for him at Upton Park was that early on we played a ball back to him, and Kasper struck through it and it went a good 60 yards. You could see from that he was growing into the role.”
Kasper has stepped into the breach since injury struck down both Andreas Isaksson and Joe Hart just before the Valencia pre-season match, two weeks ago. Hart is now fit again, and Eric thinks that the pair, with Kasper just five months older than Joe, have a great future ahead of them.
“They are all still very young, but I have always said that goalkeepers develop at 27 or 28, that is when they really kick in. Robinson, England’s number one is just coming up to his prime time. Peter, Kasper’s dad, was 28 when he went to United and look at the career he went on to have.
“We have two very young men, who both have the hurdle of playing for the first team out of the way now, and Joe is now fit again so the great thing is that he will keep Kasper on his toes.
“Kasper knows now that he is there and he has to maintain his standards. If anything else happens, in terms of another keeper coming in before Andreas is fit, we’ll address that but at the moment all they can focus on is when they are selected to just go out and play.”
With Kasper set to step into the intensity of a Manchester derby on Sunday, Eric has also reflected on just how quickly things can change in football, especially in a position like goalkeeper.
“Like I have said before, all you need is a red card or an injury and your number two keeper is number one. Joe was behind Nick Weaver, but he left and then Andreas gets an injury. Kasper was behind Joe with his being in Scotland on loan last season, but Kasper has in effect jumped two hurdles and gone into the number one spot.”