‘A BIG IM­PACT’

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Cape Town City team­mate and fel­low Euro­pean Roland Putsche says he’s been thor­oughly im­pressed by young goal­keeper Peter Leeuwen­burgh, and feels the 24-year-old can only get bet­ter. “He’s al­ready proven a point in his first few games in South Africa,” the Aus­trian mid­fielder says. “We shouldn’t for­get, he’s still a young goal­keeper, who has come from a good academy and a good pro­fes­sional side in Europe. As we know, goal­keep­ers usu­ally reach their peak later in their ca­reer, and I see so much po­ten­tial in him, and he can get even bet­ter. He’s al­ready a re­ally good goal­keeper: in foot­ball it’s about con­sis­tency, and the con­sis­tency he’s shown over our first few games has been im­pres­sive.” Putsche says City now play with added con­fi­dence in the knowl­edge that a goal­keeper with Leeuwen­burgh’s qual­ity forms the last line of their de­fence. “I think he es­pe­cially gives con­fi­dence to the back four – they know that if they make a slight mis­take, he is there,” Putsche says. “And I think you can see that on the pitch now, he is slowly but surely in­flu­enc­ing our game. It’s also about his com­mu­ni­ca­tion along with his pres­ence in the goal, and he’s gone through proper foot­ball school­ing, which is nice to see here in South Africa, which raises the bar and shows some other clubs that there’s a lot to pick up from Euro­pean clubs and their de­vel­op­ment. So he’s mak­ing a great im­pact.”

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