The Spanish colossus is already a household name in the world of soccer without a doubt. He has consistently flirted with the title of being the best goalkeeper in the world during the last five(5) years. Been compared with the likes of Manuel Neuer, Gigi Bufon and, Jam Oblak is no mean feat. But, within the last two summers, De Gea has sofar looked like a shadow of his former self. The United shot-stopper producing howlers of varying magnitude is now a recurring theme that no longer surprises even football neutrals anymore.
After the Paris miracle when Ole was still an interim Manager, David de Gea has since been on a steady decline, producing numerous questionable performances. During the 2018 world cup in Russia, the Man United shot-stopper did not cover himself in glory especially against Portugal. In the subsequent season, his performance followed the same pattern just as the last. Many believed his ongoing contract saga was a major distraction. So the United board gave in to his demand and David put pen to paper signing a long term contract there for making him Man United’s highest-paid player, but still, there was no dramatic change in his performance-wise.
The Goodison park thrashing at the hands of Everton, Granit xhaka goal at the Emirates, Stanislas goal last season at Old Trafford, Chelsea’s FA Cup triumph at Wembley, and the trashing by Tottenham Hotspur at the theater of dreams just to name a few had De Gea making one error at least that led to a goal.
De Gea has served United so well during the last 8 seasons, winning United players of the year on four occasions, and appearing in the EPL first 11 on four occasions as well, but that has not stopped fans from venting their frustration at him. His major highlight is making fourteen saves in a single match against Arsenal, a record that will stand for a long time. But, things haven’t been all too rosy for the Spanish number one(1) who has thus far shared national team duty with Chelsea under fire shot-stopper Kepa. That is to show how De Geas stock has fallen in recent seasons.
Dean Henderson is now back from his two-year loan spell at Sheffield United and impressed during his time there, the Manchester academy graduate recently penned a new five years deal at his parent club and aims to become Man United number one, which will only add to the ever-growing pressure on David De Gea to perform or be relegated to the bench. Dean proved that he could dine with the big boys last season. Giving him a shot at goal in the EPL will be a clamor that will grow within the coming months if De Gea is unable to rediscover his best form. Only time will tell. Who knows, maybe ole won’t be at the wheels for that to happen.
Written By Hamid Gambo