Foster seeks redemption elsewhere
MANCHESTER UNITED’S Ben Foster is considering asking Alex Ferguson for a loan deal to boost his chances of seizing a starting place for England in the World Cup.
Foster has started only one game since Edwin van der Sar’s return to the United side, was not even on the bench for the trip to Stamford Bridge two weeks ago and, with United’s Dutch first choice goalkeeper showing no signs that he will be dislodged, Foster knows that his hopes of a place in Fabio Capello’s squad are now in Ferguson’s hands.
He wants to rediscover the form as a United loanee at Watford two seasons ago which signalled his arrival as a major top flight prospect.
Foster’s current state of despair about his prospects were self evident in the aftermath of the 1-0 defeat to Brazil in Doha, when he said he had slipped to “third choice” for United.
Though he is aware that a loan deal now offers him the best chance of remaining in Capello’s plans, he is understood to be conscious that there are limited opportunities within the Premier League, with most clubs in possession of proven goalkeepers.
Despite Foster’s obvious anxieties about how he is to convince Capello of his worth, Ferguson will take considerable persuading to let him leave Old Trafford. The manager suggested two weeks ago that a loan deal for Foster was not under consideration. “The future at United belongs to Ben of course,” Ferguson said. “Tomasz Kuszczak is a good keeper too, so we are quite strong,” he added. “Ben will not be allowed out on loan in January. No way.”
Kuszczak is also unhappy about the struggle to achieve a first-team place at Old Trafford and suggested two weeks ago that the time might be near for him to seek pastures new. – Belfast Telegraph