With the 2017/18 season in the books, we’ll be reviewing the performance of the squad by position, starting with the goalkeepers.
Did the performance of any position group mirror Leicester City’s on field product as well as the goalkeepers this year? The highs were excellent and showed off the talent that lead us to success before, but a lack of consistency left us fans a little let down by the wasted potential.
The Great Dane’s performance against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter final was everything you needed to know about his season. A couple of fantastic saves kept the Foxes in the game until extra time then he made the crucial mistake that lost the game.
Sam Jackson from World in Motion tweeted out some excellent GK analysis few weeks ago. Unsurprisingly, it turns out Kasper is an above average shot stopper. Even less surprisingly, he was the least consistent in the league.
We could certainly do a lot worse at the position, of course; Schmeichel rated as above average for almost every aspect of his game. Hopefully next year, with a little more consistency ahead of him, Kasper can get back to his best, but even as inconsistent as he’s been this year, Schmeichel remains the best keeper we’ve had in a long time.
When the once capped Swiss international joined from Hull City in the summer, I very much doubt he expected to find himself behind Ben Hamer, fighting for even a place on the bench. From that perspective it was certainly a disappointing season.
When he did find the pitch, however, Jakupovic put on a good show, keeping two clean sheets in the cup and pulling off a number of impressive saves in the late season win over Arsenal. He ended the season as the definite number 2, and should get more opportunities next year, particularly in cup competitions.
Hamer had possibly the exact opposite season to his teammate above. Given 8 starts across all competitions, he failed to live up to relatively low expectations and lost his back up job to Jakupovic.
He’s recently signed for Huddersfield on a free transfer and, while his beard and friendly demeanour will be missed, his play won't particularly.
How would you rate our GK’s season?
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