David Ospina may be an unknown name to many football fans but he is a goal keeper that we should keep our eye on.
He currently plays for Nice in France and is the Colombian number one keeper who produced some outstanding performances in goal for his club and county last season.
Therefore he is a player that could become a keeper for one of the top teams in Europe in the next few years.
He is still only 24-years-old but has been number one choice for Nice for the last few seasons and during this time has grown as a professional. By gaining first team football he has learnt the art of goalkeeping and is now slowly but could surely turn into potentially one of best goal keepers in the next decade.
Once the great keepers such as Casillas and Buffon have retired, there will be a new wave of outstanding goalkeepers aiming to make their mark on Europe and Ospina will be one of the front runners in this next generation.
Last season his performances managed to help Nice finish in a very respectable position of fourth, behind big spending PSG, Marseille and Lyon. Meaning they finished ahead of the likes of previous Ligue 1 winners Montpellier and Lille, which is a great achievement of a club like Nice who don’t possess the same quality of players or assets available as some of the clubs they are competing against.
This position has offered them the chance to compete in the Europa League next season although they still need to try and qualify through the preliminary round.
If they are able to gain qualification this would offer a massive opportunity to Ospina to show off his talent to other European clubs. By playing in a European competition it will allow him to test himself against some of the best players in the world and make a reputation for himself.
His reputation has been given a boost thanks to the way his country has been performing in their World Cup qualification campaign. They currently sit in second position, three points behind Argentina with a game in hand.
If they win that game by a margin of three goals, they will be top of the group with three games to go. In their campaign Colombia have only conceded seven goals in 12 games, which is the group’s best defensive record. This is largely down to the goalkeeping excellence of Ospina which will not have gone unnoticed by clubs all across Europe.
In terms of what type of player he is, he isn’t the tallest of goalkeepers in the world at 6ft but what he lacks in height he makes up for in reflexes. His ability to get down low and quick into the corners of the goal and either save or push the ball to safety is one of his greatest assets.
He is able to come and collect a ball from crosses or set piece situations, In addition to this he is quite a commanding goalkeeper when it comes to set piece situations, so that they don’t concede a soft goal from a corner or free kick. In addition to this he has technical ability, which might have something to do from being from South America and allows him to distribute the ball from situations such as goal kicks quite effectively.
Overall he is an effective goalkeeper with the potential ability to become a leading goalkeeper in the next few seasons. For now he should remain at Nice and try and show off what an excellent goal keeper he is in the coming season's European competitions and then the World Cup in Brazil.
If he performs well in these competitions, as well as in the league for Nice, then there is no reason why a move to a top European club won’t be on the cards in the near future.
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