As reported by the Chronicle, Newcastle United ‘keeper Matz Sels has spoken about the future and the need for patience – but this must work both ways.
When asked about his position in the starting line-up for the game against Birmingham, Sels said: “I’m happy if I can play – now there is a return and we have to beat them,”
“I try to work hard in training and show myself and make it difficult [for Benitez to decide]. That’s what I try to do.
“It’s football. Karl’s doing well at the moment.
Sels clearly knows that he can do better, adding: “As a goalkeeper, there’s only one position, so it’s normal.
“I have to be patient and see what the future brings.”
However, this patience should work both ways. Sels has not had the best of starts to his United career, making a few costly errors but those writing him off should take a look at the history books before doing so.
Many world class ‘keepers, including Edwin Van Der Sar and David De Gea, had poor starts to their careers in England, so before saying Sels is subpar, give him time to prove himself.
It took De Gea and Van Der Sar up to two years to show their best, so to write someone off after a handful of games is a little harsh.