Reports according to the Daily Mail have suggested that Manchester United have stepped up their interest in the Stoke City and Bosnian first choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. The would give some serious competition to David de Gea and possibly even challenge for a regular spot at Manchester United.
Given that Arsenal and Chelsea are also keen on prying the shot stopper away from Stoke; there is definitely substance and ability in the 25-year-old. Why then should the Red Devils avoid his signature? Definitely not for his ability to keep out the goals. Stoke have only conceded four more goals than Manchester United this season.
First of all, current second choice goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is a decent goal keeper and if not for the injury he sustained he could have been given a real shot for the regular spot at Old Trafford. Given time he will be knocking on de Gea's door once again.
Secondly, it is true that external competition would definitely bring out the very best in players. However, this alone is not a factor in developing players. Internal motivation is a far supreme driving source in this matter and David de Gea does not lack that drive.
Ever since his British record breaking move of £18.9million he has come under heavy criticism for his shortcomings. No one can deny his lightning fast reflexes and shot stopping ability. It is his command of area and handling the ball in aerial situations that have led to many doubters emerging during the early days of his Manchester career.
He has improved remarkably in a short space of time and given that the Premier League is possibly the toughest league in the world - he has done well to adapt to the intense environment at such short notice.
It takes a certain mold of a person to step into the Theatre of Dreams at such a young age for such an exorbitant price and take over the responsibility left by the legendary Edwin van der Sar. That component that differentiates good players from great players, de Gea has something special within him. If he did not, how else would a then 19-year-old teenager be able to step up to the plate and continue pressing on despite heavy backlash?
They are a rare breed but there are some players who, without external pressure, have a basic desire to become the best. They do not rest on their laurels regardless of which stage of their career they might be in. For David de Gea, his journey has just started and it is very likely that he will one day be the undisputed number one for club and country alike.
As it is with all young players, you have to give them a chance. So far, this young man has proven his ability to improve and perform when handed the opportunity. Manchester United should keep the faith with the Spanish starlet.
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