Leicester City may already have the perfect heir to club-legend Kasper Schmeichel in the shape of Danny Ward.
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The 27-year-old goalkeeper arrived at the King Power Stadium three years ago via a £12.5 million move from fellow Premier League outfit Liverpool.
But Ward has failed to establish himself in the starting XI at Leicester, largely thanks to the continued brilliance of regular No.1 Schmeichel.
However, his outstanding display in Wales’ opening Euro 2020 group game has reminded everyone of the forgotten man’s quality and highlighted his potential to replace his teammate between the sticks in the near future.
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Ward has spent most of his senior career playing second fiddle, sitting on the bench and watching on from the sidelines, waiting for his chance to impress.
Since arriving at the King Power Stadium back in 2018, the rarely-seen 6 ft 2 colossus has made just 14 appearances for the Foxes, conceding eight goals and keeping eight clean sheets.
On top of that, Ward is still waiting to make his Premier League debut for Leicester, with all of his outings coming in cup competitions.
His lack of action meant he’s drifted into the background at the Midlands outfit, overshadowed up by the excellence of his teammates, but it looks like they have never doubted his quality.
Recently retired ex-Leicester captain Wes Morgan has expressed his belief in his former colleague’s ability after seeing him in action on the training pitch on a daily basis.
“He is incredible,” Morgan said in an interview with The Athletic. “I had the pleasure of seeing him day in and day out, week after week, and he is a tremendous goalkeeper.
“It is one of those where if Kasper ever gets suspended or injured, you would have full trust in Wardy coming in and doing a fantastic job.
“It is difficult for him. Kasper has just had an incredible season and is one of the best keepers in the world, and Wardy’s chances might be limited, but everyone knows how good he is.”
With Schmeichel entering the twilight years of his career and turning 35 in November, Ward could save Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers millions in the transfer market.
At seven years Schmeichel’s junior, the Welshman could take over the reins from the Denmark international as when his powers begin to fade, allowing the North Irish tactician to focus the club’s resources elsewhere.