Sir Alex set to sell Old Trafford bench warmer.
Sir Alex Ferguson has apparently decided that the time will be right this summer to offload Manchester United back up keeper Ben Foster. The England international’s time at Old Trafford has been littered with high profile errors that almost led to the 27 year old leaving in January for Stoke City but the timing wasn’t right for the Premier League champions who didn’t want to leave themselves short of keepers for what will surely prove to be an assault on many fronts.
Now it seems that the former Stoke City man seems set to leave Man United and a host of interested parties are considering snapping him up. Tony Pulis is once again expected to make a move to bring back Foster and the likes of Aston Villa and Sunderland are also tempted by a player who could still yet turn his career around.
There is no doubting the basic ability the Leamington Spa born goalie possesses it is only that his confidence can sometimes affect his ability to do the most basic of tasks. If Foster is indeed considered surplus to requirements by Ferguson then he will want to secure a move to a club where he can get a good shot of an extended run in the first team. He is at an age where warming the bench would merely serve to hold him back and would prevent him from getting further international call ups.
With that in mind a move to any of the three clubs mentioned could prove tricky. All three clubs have a solid pair of hands between the sticks, with Brad Friedel, Thomas Sorensen and Craig Gordon currently doing good jobs at Villa Park, Britannia Stadium and the Stadium of Light respectively. Given the Aston Villa keepers advancing years, Friedel set to turn 39 next month, perhaps a move to join Martin O’Neill’s side would be the wisest option.