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He's g-rai-t...but only as a sub
Raimond van der Gouw
Member Name: Jonny Crossdresser
Raimond van der Gouw
Date: 29/01/01, updated on 29/01/01 (34 review reads)
Advantages: Very hard working, fit, good ability
Disadvantages: The wrong side of 30...by quite a distance
He must be one of the top backup keepers anywhere in the world. At a grand old age of nearly 38 he is still fit enough to compete at the highest level, and could be playing first team football every week at another club. Instead he remains at Man U, picking up a few medals when he plays enough games in the season.
He stood no chance of displacing Schmeichel - at the time the best keeper in the world, but could have expected the promotion to number 1 once he left. This would surely have been the case if Martin Edwards had not chosen to sign the overweight Aussie. To be fair he had his moments, which can't really be said for Massimo Taibi, but overall was a bit of a failure. Rai was in and out of the team in a bad season for the goalies, and this led to the purchasing of Fabien Barthez. This signing will confine Raimond to the bench for as long as the two are at the club. Barthez has impressed all with his saves and he has had a major impression on the team, motivating them and keeping the peviously shaky defence together.
This is a shame for the Dutchman as he has lots of talent. That said, it is odd that whenever he goes in net we concede more, not usually his fault. This could be phycological with the defence not being used to his style.
I am a great believer in his ability. He is extremely competent at shot stopping, parrying and catching, and he also has a good kick on him (not quite like Fabien though). I rate him as the second best sub keeper in the Premiership, behind young Paul Robinson. I'd trust Rai in the most crucial of situations but would still prefer him on the bench. He is another example of how strength in depth gives success for United.