Former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has been singing the praises of Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Signed by Arsenal back in 2009, the 24-year-old has been the club’s first-choice goalkeeper for years.
There were suggestions that Szczesny could lose his place in manager Arsene Wenger’s line-up following the arrival of David Ospina from French club Nice in the summer transfer window, but the Pole seems to have held his own.
Not always recognised by the football pundits, Szczesny has now been highly praised by Redknapp, who wrote in The Daily Mail: “Wojciech Szczesny has had his critics in the past but he made an excellent save against Papiss Cisse on Saturday night and is impressing me.
“He came on to our Sky panel show, A League of Their Own, last week and he struck me as a really nice young man. He was game for a laugh, got stuck in and at 24 is mature beyond his years.
“David Seaman was nearly 27 by the time he arrived at Arsenal and is arguably the club’s greatest goalkeeper. Szczesny has a long way to go to match that, but he has a bright future.”
David Seaman is one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and many will scoff at the idea that Szczesny can come anywhere close to that pedigree.
Perhaps Szczesny’s critics are right, but at 24 the Pole certainly has time on his hands. He is in the good books of Wenger and has the manager’s faith.
Playing behind a vulnerable defence does not always help Szczesny, but he remains a very good goalkeeper who will only get better.