Ex-Prem goalie backs Costa Rican hero to shine in England

Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall believes that Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas would be a success in the Premier League.

The 27-year-old was one of the heroes of his country’s stunning World Cup campaign, helping the Central Americans all the way to the quarter-finals – where they were eliminated on penalty kicks by Holland.

Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz stole many headlines, but Navas’ excellent displays between the sticks saw him concede just two goals in five games, which included clean sheets against England, Italy and the Oranje.

Both before and during the World Cup, the Levante man has been linked with a switch to the Premier League, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton rumoured to be keen.

Southall – widely seen as one of the The Dragons’ best ever stoppers – believes that should Navas relocate to England he will be a success:

“I think looking at the Premier League now he could do [well].” He told talkSPORT.

“I thought he did really well [at the World Cup].”His shot stopping was good, his [claiming of] crosses were debatable, but I think he would get away with that in the Premier League, his bravery was good because he came out sliding at people’s feet and his handling was decent.

“So yeah I think he would do all right in the Premier League.”