Foster seeks re­demp­tion else­where

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODWINES -

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

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