David De Gea’s former Manchester United coach Eric Steele backing English goalkeepers

Premier League clubs should no more have to look abroad to fill vacancies, according to the man who attracted David De Gea to Manchester United.
De Gea’s contract at Old Trafford expires next summer and Eric Steele, who recruited the Spaniard from Atletico Madrid, thinks there is more English talent than at any point in the last ten years and there should no longer be any necessity to appear abroad for replacements.
Steele was United’s goalkeeping coach when De Gea came in England to substitute Edwin van der Sar and then coached him for his first two seasons in the club.
He says there was a dearth of English goalkeeping talent available back then that is the reason why he – and many other Premier League clubs – appeared to bring in’keepers from abroad. But that may not need to be the case nine years on if United can’t tied De Gea to fresh terms and will need to source a replacement.
“Yeah, I always still really did it. And because you know, it had been at a club. At the moment, I had to have a great look about,” Steele told Sky Sports News.
“I seem now, and it’s come half circle – maybe not very full circle yet, but it has got to promote us. As an England set-up, it is good to have more Language keepers playing in the Premier League, and long may it last.”
Steele is an integral figure within the FA, in the way to develop young talent, training the country’s goalkeeping coaches.
The benefits of the talent development are showing obvious outcomes with Jordan Pickford (Everton), Tom Heaton (Aston Villa), Nick Pope (Burnley), Dean Henderson (Sheffield United, on loan from Manchester United), Angus Gunn (Southampton) and Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth) making a healthy collection of seven English goalkeepers – including Watford veteran Ben Foster – playing in the Premier League.
“We have probably now got the very ideal depth [in English goalkeeping], so St George’s Park has functioned. The DNA is ideal. We are seeing the fruition of this – . And developed a lot of gift,” Steele said.
He says the development of Ramsdale, who has established all four Premier League matches for Bournemouth far this year, provides the ideal illustration.
“Ramsdale has been in England’s junior groups a few decades ago, he then carried on throughout the U20s, U21s, and he is currently playing Premier League soccer. That’s advancement, which is totally what we need.
“Now he’s playing as one of the seven English goalkeepers in the Premier League. We’ve got a depth of talent that ought to see us good for another 10-15 years.”
Steele believes a revolution in just what the goalkeeper’s function is within a group was marked by De Gea’s coming in England.
“Back then, in terms of the work you would do on the training pitch, it’d most likely be 70 per cent focused on the palms – making sure you keep it out of the web – and 30 per cent on the feet, with the ball. Now, it is probably reversed,” he continued.
“Premier League coaches have realised the favorable impact keepers could have on the team. It’s developed immeasurably over the last ten years.”
Steele states goalkeepers are sent out to a far-flung region of the training ground to practice shot-stopping on their own. He states they are currently in the heart of the group, involved in attacking and defensive drills, and therefore are expected to moves in coaching, and in games.
Is it no longer to be just a fantastic shot-stopper?
“You’ve got to have this. I believe you need to keep the ball. However, look at Alisson, seem at Ederson. Check out Pickford for England,” Steele said.
“Steve Holland (Southgate’s assistant) did a semester here [with the senior England team ] yesterday – a whole session on how best to shield setup plays. Which that brings the but he did that within a match environment.
“It’s familiarity with both the hands and the toes – deal with the shots as well as the crosses nevertheless , but out of possession, goalkeepers finally need to sweep their own defence.
“It’s about a sense of risk, and an awareness of how to construct strikes. And you have to do that within a group framework”

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