It was back in 2012 when Ben Amos voiced a desire to become the number one goalkeeper at Manchester United.
Amos was 21-years-old and had just made his Premier League debut in a match against Stoke City. It was a day that the young goalkeeper wouldn’t forget; he kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win at Old Trafford
Filled with confidence from that match, as well as David de Gea’s shaky start to life in England, Amos spoke of his desire to become a regular between the sticks.
When asked by Man United’s website where he saw himself in five years’ time, the English ‘keeper replied: “I hope I'm number one here at United, that's my aim. I hope to be playing week in, week out. I'll be 26 then and I guess I'll be in my prime.
"It's what I've always wanted to do. When people started to ask me what I wanted to do as a job, it was to play for United. I saw Peter Schmeichel playing and I had my mind set on it from then.
“I think I've worked too hard not to be patient and obviously you don't want to give up on your dream. Whilst I'm not playing regularly, I still believe I can do it. While that belief is there, I will persevere."
De Gea's rise was bad news for Amos
For such a young man, Amos’ attitude was admirable. You must have confidence in yourself if you’re going to make it at Old Trafford.
But De Gea’s rise at United - he’s since developed into one of the finest goalkeepers in Europe - was always going to make it difficult for him to achieve his dream.
Man United decided to send Amos out on loan in 2009 and it would be the beginning of a number of temporary spells the ‘keeper who endure away from Manchester.
Peterborough. Molde. Oldham Athletic. Hull City. Carlisle United. Bolton Wanderers. That’s the list of clubs Amos, who also represented England at Under-21 level, would join on loan while contracted to Man United.
Amos was released by Man United in 2015
During his loan spell at Oldham in the 2010-11 season, Amos continued to train at Man United once a week. But he conceded six goals in a defeat to Southampton and would return to Manchester in March following Anders Lindegaard’s injury.
Amos spent the entirety of the 2011-12 campaign as Man United’s third-choice goalkeeper before being sent out on loan to Hull for the following season.
It became clear to United in 2015 that Amos would never become an important figure at Old Trafford and he was released by the club.
He's currently on loan at Charlton from Bolton
He went on to sign a permanent deal with Bolton, making 44 appearances for the Trotters in 2015-16. Amos couldn’t prevent Bolton from being relegated to League One, though, and in the following summer Mark Howard was signed to be the starting ‘keeper at the Macron Stadium.
Cue more loan spells. Amos finished the 2016-17 season at Cardiff City and signed for league one outfit Charlton Athletic last July.
Amos has had the chance to play regularly at The Valley - he’s played every minute for Charlton in the league this season - and has impressed for the club.
That said, Amos can expect to be on the hunt for a new club in the summer. According to The Bolton News, the Championship club will look to offload the high-earning goalkeeper.