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[Albion] Our goalkeeper options next season, and beyond



Badger Boy

Mr Badger
Jan 28, 2016
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Sanchez will move on, a transfer request in seeking guaranteed first team football. Tony Bloom will give that surprisingly nonchalant look again.

We’ll sign Caoimhín Kelleher as our new no 1.

Steele will remain as back up,
Kelleher is absolute trash, it's crazy there are people who rate him highly.
 




Nobby Cybergoat

Well-known member
Jul 19, 2021
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I agree with those saying.

Sanchez will likely leave in the summer.

We'll buy a new keeper (and if there was a job advert it would read ... keeper needed. Must have the passing ability of Xavi Hernandez, shot stopping ability optional)

Steele will revert to number 2

Beadle and MacGill will have at least one more year of loans probably more.

Rushworth has a 50/50 chance of getting a squad place, depending on whether the club think it's better for him to be around here or be on loan

Scherpen will be sold
 










Justice

Dangerous Idiot
Jun 21, 2012
19,771
Born In Shoreham
Sanchez flaps at crosses/corners due to being somewhat indecisive like the first game of the season at Manure. Someone said to me before the Palace blunder Sanchez has stopped saving us in big moments and needs dropped, maybe RDZ thought the same.
 




Eeyore

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Apr 5, 2014
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Bob Sanchez is one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe. He will enjoy a career at the top level.
Getting rid of him would be a reckless and unnecessary move.
De Zerbi can do no wrong atm but if Sanchez leaves and we lose a few it will come back and haunt him. Potentially his first clanger.
Opinions, eh ? I think he's a very average keeper at this level.
 




Bold Seagull

strong and stable with me, or...
Mar 18, 2010
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Bob Sanchez is one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe. He will enjoy a career at the top level.
Getting rid of him would be a reckless and unnecessary move.
De Zerbi can do no wrong atm but if Sanchez leaves and we lose a few it will come back and haunt him. Potentially his first clanger.

I'm a big Sanchez fan, but I can't argue with the decision to give Steele a go because clearly he is in the form of his career, he has the confidence and deserves his chance. Credit to RDZ for giving that a go, because it's important everyone in a squad feels like they can break into the first XI.

If by the summer he hasn't won his place back, starts agitating for a move, starts failing the 'no dick heads' policy and a decent offer comes in, then that isn't a getting rid moment, that is a moving on moment. Think this scenario is more down to RS than RDZ.

The positive is that he obviously has taken it well enough and got his head down to get the start against Grimsby.
 




Whitechapel

Famous Last Words
Jul 19, 2014
4,244
Not in Whitechapel
Go and break the bank for Lafont if we get in Europe, only got a year left on his contract and he’s f*cking brilliant.

Also imagine the club doing his announcement video from The Font. Unmissable opportunity.
 




WhingForPresident

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Feb 23, 2009
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Marlborough
Potentially controversial one- maybe we could go for Pickford if Everton go down? Maybe even if they don't considering their financial situation. He seems to fluctuate between world class and utter crap but there's no denying he is excellent with the ball at his feet.

His wages are probably too high but it's all hypothetical.
 


sdmartin1

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Sep 23, 2008
1,258
Thoughts on Steele's performance today? Great assist for the first goal but can't recall many saves - for their 3rd goal I thought he should have tried to claim the ball as opposed to staying on his line.
 


peterward

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Nov 11, 2009
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Thoughts on Steele's performance today? Great assist for the first goal but can't recall many saves - for their 3rd goal I thought he should have tried to claim the ball as opposed to staying on his line.
Not convincing enough with the gloves or positioning imho.

He is exceptional with ball at his feet, a genuine nice guy, but purely as a keeper keeping the ball out of the net..........well hes certainly not rubbish, but we could do better.

A bit like Danny Ward at Leicester, decent enough but not fantastic.
 




Mustafa II

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Oct 14, 2022
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Thoughts on Steele's performance today? Great assist for the first goal but can't recall many saves - for their 3rd goal I thought he should have tried to claim the ball as opposed to staying on his line.

He's not a great shot stopper, especially at close range, which is pretty important at this level.

Great assist. Think we would have won today if Sanchez was in goal, despite the incredible assist.
 


peterward

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Nov 11, 2009
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He's not a great shot stopper, especially at close range, which is pretty important at this level.

Great assist. Think we would have won today if Sanchez was in goal, despite the incredible assist.
First one seemed to go through him, but the Toney goal was most dissapointing. Ofc it all happens so quickly, but with the ball going powerfully and quite close to Steeles left, the whole action of diving over it seemed the wrong choice, it was already in net by time Steele hit the deck.

Im no keeper, but an outstretched left leg seems the obvious choice. These are things though youd expect are practised in training so theyre instinctive on the day?

He is our number 1 for rest of this season most likely, so will get behind him, but aside the incredible long pass, and some good passes at the back, not the most convincing with gloves today.
 




Icy Gull

Back on the rollercoaster
Jul 5, 2003
72,015
He potentially could have saved all three goals. I'm convinced Raya would have saved at least one of them. Pretty sure Sanchez would have got to the first.

Great assist though.
My thoughts exactly, Steele is good with his feet and distribution but Sanchez is a much better shot stopper, did Steele make one good save today?
 






nwgull

Well-known member
Jul 25, 2003
14,159
Manchester
He's not a great shot stopper, especially at close range, which is pretty important at this level.

Great assist. Think we would have won today if Sanchez was in goal, despite the incredible assist.
Sanchez' shot stopping has been excellent since day 1. His extra 3" of height and subsequent wingspan coupled with athleticism make him harder to beat from distance.

I also don't think Sanchez is anymore capable of dropping clangers than most keepers. It's just hard to forget when it results in letting Palace get an undeserved equaliser in a game we've dominated.
 


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