Everton goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek has become a viral sensation following a calamitous performance for the club’s under-21 side against their counterparts from Leicester City on Tuesday evening.
Stanek produced two absolute howlers during the encounter at Southport FC’s Haig Avenue ground and will be thankful indeed that his side were able to overcome this to record a narrow 3-2 victory.
The 18-year-old’s first major gaffe came as the result of a botched attempt to take on a Leicester attacker, with Stanek running into traffic after he had initially been able to evade the pressure from the opposition.
Stanek’s touch proved too heavy and allowed another Leicester player to nip in and steal the ball. The Czech shot-stopper then decided there was little option but to scythe him down and concede a penalty.
The spot-kick was then duly converted, just to rub salt into his gaping wound.
And there was yet more to come. In the second-half a pass back from teammate Ryan Ledson proved too tricky to control, even though it ought to have been trapped easily, and Stanek proceeded to only shin the ball into his top corner.
Worse still for Stanek was that this nightmare performance was recorded and, inevitably, was cut together into a Vine to ensure it will receive infinite replays as he bids to graduate into the Everton first-team.
Stanek would not have been able to escape this clip when he logged onto his own Twitter account, and took time to respond to those who had been in touch: “Life goes on. Thanks for your support :-)”
While Tim Howard’s No.1 spot would not appear to under threat just yet from young Stanek, he is clearly highly regarded at Goodison Park having been acquired by the club only in January.
Here’s what is says about him on the official Everton website…
“Promising young Czech Republic goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek swapped Sparta Prague for Everton on deadline day in the 2014 January window.
“The 18-year-old, who stands at 6ft 4in tall, joined the Blues for an undisclosed fee, putting pen-to-paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal which will keep him on Merseyside until the end of the 2015/16 season.
“An Under-19 international, Stanek is yet to make a senior appearance at club level, though he was an unused substitute earlier this season for games against Slovan Liberac, FK Teplice and Sigma Olomouc in the Czech top-flight.”