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Akinfeev? He's Smaller Than Foster!

Ben Foster made a mess of his chance to show his talents to the world in the shirt of Manchester United. I'm not sure we can ever expect him to reach a reasonable standard but this is not a Foster-bashing article. It merely serves to highlight the reason why rumours about United acquiring a new goalkeeper are all over the internet these days.

And the most frequently occurring name is that of Igor Akinfeev, the CSKA Moscow keeper whom we'll face in little more than two weeks' time. He's experienced, having been first choice at his club since the age of 17 and he's accumulated 35 caps for Russia. He's a brilliant shotstopper, quick and excellent at rushing off his line.

According to reports, if Van der Sar decides he'll quit at the end of the season, Akinfeev will immediately sign a United contract which would see him arrive in July as his club allowed him to talk to the English champions.

This is all good and all but there's one glaring problem here. Foster's greatest weakness is that he's not commanding enough in the area and that he's not tall enough which is a real problem in certain situations.

Now, Akinfeev critics say that he does not dominate aerially and that he's often unconvincing with crosses, corners... Familiar? Oh, and at 6ft 1in he's actually an inch smaller than our Foster. He's certainly a damn fine goalkeeper and might not have let in Arshavin's shot or Bellamy's second goal at Old Trafford but is he really the man to replace Edwin van der Sar? Is he really cut for the English league, where a keeper must be good in the air, as poor Fabien Barthez found out? I'm not sure.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 11 2009

Time: 12:08PM

Your Comments

Everything I've seen of him (mostly in the Champions League and the odd International), he's been fantastic. A class above anything I've ever seen from Van der Sar.
the_legend_of_zola
The question should be can he keep the ball out of the net?, not that he is shorter than Foster!
Kevinho
He's worth the try seeing a Ben Foster isnt exactly going anywhere good with his performances too fast. As long as the ball doesnt go into the back of net why worry about his disabilities?
One United 92
Methinks July will be 10 months too late...
BlueWolfie
Smells like Football Manager + Tabloids = This story.
NotoriousRedDevil
I don't know if anyone else shares my views...but I would like to give Kuszack a chance(i butchered his name i believe) he has improved alot since joining united and he has some fantastic reflexes... from what I have seen in champs league in the few matches i have seen akinfeev play he hasn't shown me anything special...but i could be wrong as previous poster suggested he is excellent... aside from kuscak i have no idea who else should come in for VDS
ibrahiy
I rate Akinfeev as a keeper.Shay Given is only 6'1 and is one of the best keepers in the league.I played against Given in a schools final in 93 and they beat us 1-0 and he was head and shoulders above any keeper i'd ever seen and i knew he'd make it! So height would not be a corcern..ablility is??? I've seen 6'5 keepers not been able to command their box...ability,ability....ability!!!
java
Akinfeev is definately better than Foster. Sorry to break to those who want Foster to be United's #1 but its true.
Paulinho
According to The Daily Mail, Ferguson is now apparently considering David James as a goalkeeping target in January. Do you think that he could be the cheap option as you apparently don't have much cash these days?
Kevinho
Julio Cesar from Inter - Hed cost the world but hes one of the very best in the world and id rate only Buffon and Casillas ahead of him. Akinfeev is quality also and height isnt that important, its how you compensate for a lack of it - Reina and Given arent the tallest yet both are excellent.
HuddersfieldYiddo
David James at the swamp? Why would he leave Pompey (now that they've finally got some stability at last) to join the sinking ship at manure?
fifthcolumnblue
THis lad's a good keeper.
JT_daniel
 

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