Old Trafford keeper on his way to St Andrews’
Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish hopes Ben Foster can resurrect his career with a fresh start at St Andrews after signing the goalkeeper from Manchester United. The England international has agreed a three-year contract after moving for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £6m.
McLeish admitted Foster presented a better option than up to a dozen foreign goalkeepers, who he admitted were “a risk”. Foster has been brought in to replace Joe Hart, who excelled in a season-long loan spell from Manchester City but was unlikely to return for the new campaign. The 27-year-old found opportunities at Old Trafford limited and fell down the pecking order behind Edwin van der Sar and Tomasz Kuszczak after a number of unconvincing displays.
He made just nine Premier League starts and his last first-team appearance came on 23 February against West Ham. “It looks as if we’ve got another great acquisition with Ben Foster,” said McLeish. “The goalkeeper is a massive position and we’ve now signed another young, hungry goalkeeper who wants to prove himself and live up to his potential. We believe he is of the same kind of standard as Joe Hart. (Independent)
Alex McLeish may well have picked up something of an inspired signing here. Yes Ben Foster has struggled to prove himself at Old Trafford but there is no doubt that the potential is there and the 27 year old may well feel less overawed at Birmingham City where he can start afresh.
The England international has of course made several high profile blunders in recent seasons but still has time to turn the corner and he may well find that a move to St Andrews’ could be the best decision of his career.