Check out these YouTube videos of Michel Vorm in action and note the bottom two clips of his penalty save technique against Wigan and Fulham, keeping still watching the player, getting ready to make his move. Yes, he may have got a yellow card for time-wasting but that is just psychology in action, shame he got penalised for it though! 😉
I saw this tweet last week: “Who have been the best goalkeeper for you this season ? – SZCZESNY – DE GEA – HART – KRUL – VORM – FRIEDEL – OTHER”. As a fan of Goalkeeping I had to reply, pointing out that this list could be expanded on, that indeed they are all quality Goalkeepers. Although if I had to pick one, the stand out Goalkeeper this season in the premiership is Michel Vorm of Swansea City.
At the start of this season no one really knew about Michel Vorm, they do now…
Michel Vorm signed for Swansea City from Ultrecht for what now seems to be an absolute bargain in Premiership prices of only £1.5 million! Making his debut against Manchester City. This turned out to be a 4-0 defeat for Swansea, but that score could have been much higher had it not been for the activity of Vorm in the Swansea goal. Since then Vorm has kept 12 clean sheets. Which is some feat as he is the second busiest keeper in the Premiership, having had to make 111 saves so far.
He is also gaining a reputation for a penalty save specialist, having saved a penalty from Ben Watson of Wigan Athletic and Clint Demspey of Fulham in this season. I would have to agree, he has a fantastic technique, both psychologically and technically, winning the battle of minds and using great agility to make the save respectively.
Swansea are likely to stay in the Premiership this season. There have been heroics outfield and people making a name for themselves at Swansea, but the star of the show for me has to be Vorm. A class act who Swansea must keep hold of!
After his heroics in the Penalty shoot out against Crystal Palace (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/16589189), after saving two penalties, Tom Heaton is winning his battle to be fit to play in the Carling Cup Final against Liverpool.
In the match against Palace, Tom Heaton received the praise he deserved (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/16712457). It’s not the first time Heaton has drawn the plaudits, after winning Cardiff’s young player of the season the year before.
Tom Heaton has battled a few times with injury in the past and this has often been the reason for him not necessarily being a first choice keeper. But battles back he does, eventually earning himself a first team start and then doing more than enough to stay in between the sticks.
It’s not just injury he battles then, he battles to be number one, and what a fight against the also impressive David Marshall. I hope that he gets his chance against Liverpool as he’s most certainly earned it. Even David Marshall agrees: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/16954682
I think Tom Heaton is definitely a Keeper to watch – a talented player who will have a big future!
So the match between Brighton and Wrexham went to penalties, with one paper exclaiming that Craig Mackail-Smith spared Brighton’s blushes with the final penalty… Why did the striker get the plaudits? All the team scored in the shootout… Surely credit should have gone to Peter Brezovan with the first save – which was text book stuff as he won a Psychological battle with the penalty taker.
Brighton were lucky yes… Lucky to have a decent keeper!
But what now for Brezovan, as Brighton have now signed international David Gonzalez?