It’s time for Leicester City’s Daniel Iversen to get Premier League chance

Leicester City’s Daniel Iversen in the Carabao Cup second round tie against Stockport County (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

After Danny Ward’s deplorable run in his first seven Premier League games as Leicester City’s No.1, is it finally time to give Daniel Iversen a chance?

My personal opinion, along with most Foxes fans, is absolutely that the Dane should come in. Ward got his chance and proved he just wasn’t good enough, so why not give the Danish keeper an opportunity. I mean, it certainly can’t be worse than what we have at the moment. The poor guy probably sits on the bench week in and week out, wondering what he needs to do to make the team.

Not only have Leicester conceded 22 goals so far, which isn’t great, but they’ve made too many mistakes in front of goal, in the Brighton & Hove Albion game at the Amex (sorry to mention, I know it’s painful) he appeared to dive in the opposite direction for the ball when it was obvious which way the opposition were heading. But if he had followed the right path, there would have been at least a possibility of touching the ball and thus even preventing it from going into the back of the net. He also tried to kick the ball in and a Brighton player came in and took it away.

I’m not going to sit down and read a list of all his mistakes, but another worth mentioning is Manchester United’s home game: the Welshman kicks the ball down the pitch, LCFC lose possession and Jadon Sancho scores. The Tottenham game was just the tipping point, scoring six goals I’m going to give the guy credit: three of those you can’t really do much against. Still, Harry Kane’s header at the post is just plain embarrassing, as a Premier League goalkeeper you should keep that.

From a statistical perspective, football 365 ranked EPL goalkeepers PSxG+/ (which is the number of goals a goalkeeper has conceded minus expected goals against his team), Ward is ranked 21st (bottom ) with a score of 6.1. With seven games played, he has faced 36 shots on target, conceded 22 goals, goals against expected is 14.9 and his save percentage is 41.7. To put more context into how bad this is, Southampton’s Gavin Bazunu has a PSxG+/overall of 2.5, Ward is more than double that!

Alex Neil (manager at Stoke City) wants to find Iversen, after having set his sights on him for the January transfer window. The stopper won Preston North End’s Player of the Year award last year and was outstanding in goal for them, so who can blame him?

It’s almost unbelievable in a way that the latter didn’t at least have a chance in the English top flight, especially after the EFL Cup game against Stockport, where he was particularly incredible on penalties. . I just don’t see why it’s not time for him to start for Leicester City, this could be just what we need.

Hopefully Nottingham Forest at home will be when we see it start, I don’t see it happening to be honest but if not now will it ever happen? With Brendan Rodgers at the helm, I’m not too hopeful for a new No.1.

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