World, watch out: Ben Foster is back! After 9 months of cruelly watching football from the surgeon’s room, the Manchester United goalkeeper is back and is raring to head back between the sticks.
He underlines his ambition to become Man United’s number one goalkeeper before long and also states that Danish great Peter Schmeichel was his idol while he was growing up.
Foster says this about his childhood hero:
Schmeichel was the one when I was growing up that everyone looked to and he is my goalkeeping idol.
If I have half the career Schmeichel had at United, I will have done pretty well. I try and model a few things on the way he played. I like his authority on the pitch and commanding style.
Everyone respected him so much – any opposition player coming through on goal thought twice about what they would do and you want to put that doubt in players’ minds.
Now to his battle against the long term ankle injury:
I had to have a full reconstruction of the ligament and they used a donor tendon. The surgeon thought that would give the best results but it takes a bit longer to knit in and that is why it was eight months rather than the usual six.
I haven’t got a clue who it came from but it feels good again – that is all I know. The surgeon assured me it was a good one – not from some 90-year-old woman whose tendon is ready to give way at any moment!
But if I can get in there, then you start looking further afield and if I can get into the England squad again then brilliant.
And finally to his ambition:
Last season playing week-in, week-out in the Premier League was massive for me and I handled myself well and got my England debut.
I felt like I could go back to United and really push for a starting place this season so the injury was very disappointing.
I think Fabio is going to be looking at all the English players though and how you play counts, not reputations, because he left David Beckham out.
Last season, the 24-year old was on loan at Watford for whom he was the best player. Foster is certainly a brilliant custodian who needs to play more and more regularly for him to succeed.