Kasper Schmeichel’s Leicester City exit was confirmed yesterday in what will be an emotional move for many Foxes fans and one that could have an impact in the Championship.
The Danish goalkeeper has spent 11 years at the King Power Stadium and was a pivotal figure in the club’s Premier League title and FA Cup successes but it was announced yesterday that he was leaving to join Ligue 1 side Nice.
It’s hardly ideal timing for Leicester, who have lost their captain just days out from the start of the 2022/23 Premier League season, while the effects of his departure may also be felt in the Championship.
Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion have both been linked with a move for Foxes goalkeeper Daniel Iversen this summer but with the 25-year-old now in line to start against Brentford on Sunday, their chances of landing him are currently looking fairly slim.
Iversen has played a lot in Leicester’s pre-season, due to the injury to Danny Ward and the uncertainty surrounding Schmeichel’s situation, and will now get a chance to stake his claim with the first team.
Ward is expected back soon and Brendan Rodgers has tipped him to take over as number one when he does but a strong initial showing against the Bees could change his tune.
Additionally, Rodgers’ recent comments about Iversen hint that the Dane could be kept as part of his first-team squad this season.
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He told Metro: “Daniel Iversen has been out on loan and shown he’s a very competent goalkeeper. At 25 years of age, he’s got experience, so he’s here. I think we would still need to bring in another one as a back-up. I’d be happy with that.”
That is certainly a blow for West Brom and Sunderland, who both would benefit from a loan move for the Leicester keeper after his impressive 18-month loan stint at Preston North End.
The Baggies head into the season with David Button and Alex Palmer as their options between the sticks. Palmer is unproven at Championship level while despite him featuring for much of the 2021/22 campaign, the jury is still out on whether Button is good enough to be the number one for a club with promotion ambitions.
Sunderland have added Alex Bass already this summer but he was deemed excess to requirements by League One Portsmouth while there is a lot to like about Anthony Patterson but he is not yet the finished product.
With survival surely the Black Cats’ main priority this season, there’s a strong case to be made that bringing in a safe pair of hands such as Iversen to help them establish themselves in the Championship would be wise.
Unfortunately, though the Leicester shot-stopper is reportedly on the radar of both Sunderland and West Brom, their chances of a deal currently look slim.