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2015/16 Leicester City Positional Review: Goalkeepers

The first in our series of positional reviews, here we examine the goalkeepers led by Kasper Schmeichel.

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[This series will break down each positional group and review its performance on a player-by-player basis. First up, the goalkeepers]

Leicester City's season between the sticks was dominated by one man and one man alone. The ever-present Kasper Schmeichel played the lion's share of the Foxes matches with the ageless Mark Schwarzer appearing only three times.

Let's take a look back at the performances of the shot-stoppers in Leicester's historic season in England.

Kasper Schmeichel

The Dane has come into his own the last few seasons with the Foxes. This year, he cemented himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

Playing in all 38 league matches, Schmeichel was instrumental in his club's improbable run to the title. Whether it was the clutch save at one end or his pinpoint distribution to start the break, the 29-year-old did it all for Claudio Ranieri and co.

Sunderland v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

His biggest statement though was his emergence from the massive shadow of his father. Few thought it was possible but Kasper, with dad Peter in his corner the whole way, reached the pinnacle of English football and will long be remembered for the feat.

Best Moment

In a match of massive importance, Schmeichel came up big in Leicester's 1-0 victory at Tottenham at the turn of the year. Spurs blasted the visitor's net with 21 shots, five on target, all of which were turned aside by Schmeichel. His string of five clean sheets in a row down the stretch is less of a moment but a run of continued awesomeness.

Best Photo

Does it get any better than Kasper and Peter Schmeichel with family and the Premier League trophy? No, it doesn't.

Leicester City v Everton - Premier League Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

2015/16 Season Grade: A

2016/17 Season Outlook: Leicester fans will hoping and praying that the Danish 'keeper will want to stay with his club and experience life in the Champions League next season. With the club recently all-but-wrapping up a deal for Ron-Robert Zieler of Hannover, there have been questions about Schmeichel's future but signs point to him staying put.

Mark Schwarzer

The 43-year-old Australian is slowly moving his way towards retirement after he only appeared in three League Cup matches in 2015/16. Winning the title last season with Chelsea before completing a permanent move to City prior to this just finished campaign, Schwarzer now has back-to-back Premier League medals. Not a bad way to go out.

Best Moment

Schwarzer went the distance in Leicester's extra-time victory over West Ham in the Third Round of the League Cup. Andy King broke the deadlock in the 116' minute to give the Foxes the lead. Schwarzer denied four Hammers' shots that made it on target in the victory.

Best Photo

Leicester City v West Ham United - Capital One Cup Third Round Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

There aren't many options, ok? That's good form though.

2015/16 Season Grade: B

2016/17 Season Outlook: Don't expect Schwarzer back after a year-and-a-half of being a fantastic squad player and mentor to Schmeichel who seemed to grow in veteran savvy throughout this season, much of which you could credit to Schwarzer's 20+ years in the game.

Ben Hamer

Hamer played a number of matches in 2014/15 with Schmeichel injured but didn't feature at all this past term. Still 28, Hamer is reaching a goalkeeper's peak but with Leicester's massive success and Champions League looming, it's unlikely he's of the quality that the club needs.

2015/16 Season Grade: N/A

2016/17 Season Outlook: Hamer could be back in 2016/17 but with the aforementioned Zieler basically a lock for the back-up position, he'll likely find himself in the same position in the depth chart as this season.