David de Gea has been earning plenty of plaudits this season, with the Manchester United number one considered by many to be the finest goalkeeper in world football.
He has come a long way in a short space of time, with his early days with the Red Devils blighted by high-profile errors and question marks over his concentration and ability to meet the physical demands of life in England.
His response to those critics could not have been more emphatic, with the Spaniard now a key performer in United’s resurgence under Louis van Gaal.
It has even been suggested, at the age of 24, that De Gea can now be considered ‘great’, with Old Trafford legend Gary Neville telling Sky Sports: “There has been a physical maturity since two years ago, but there has also been a massive technical improvement in the last 12-18 months, and even in this season too. He has now become a great goalkeeper.”
A fellow member of the goalkeeping union, Queens Park Rangers shot-stopper Rob Green, agrees that De Gea has grown into a top-class Premier League performer and is fully deserving of a position at one of world football’s biggest clubs.
The England international told Sky Sports News: “He’s been great. He’s come on and really improved. Gary Neville has said he’s now a great keeper. I understand what he’s saying by that, in that he’s now a Manchester United goalkeeper, he’s someone who has got the personality and the stature to fill the goal for a club like Manchester United.
“For me, on a technical point of view, he’s now making decisions by coming out and either coming out all the way and closing down the opponents or staying in his goal and making himself look big and being hard to beat, which is sometimes a key thing for a keeper.”
|Saves||Punches||Total High Claim||Accurate Goal Kicks||Appearances||Mins Played|
|David de Gea||47||1||11||70||16||1,440|
De Gea has played a leading role during United’s run of six straight Premier League wins, with Match of the Awards secured on a regular basis.
He has helped himself to three clean sheets during an impressive surge up the standings and must be considered a strong favourite to retain the Player of the Year prize he collected at Old Trafford last season.
The former Atletico Madrid man is also looking to oust Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas as Spain’s first-choice between the sticks, with a third senior cap collected and first competitive appearance made during a recent Euro 2016 qualifier against Luxembourg.