Last night saw Kasper Schmeichel almost become the hero for Denmark. He saved Luka Modric’s penalty toward the end of extra time and then performed heroics in the shootout. Unfortunately, he was against Croatia and Monaco stopper Danijel Subasic, perhaps the best penalty saver in world football. Leicester City fans though were proud of their hero, as they always are.
Schmeichel has become a club legend at the King Power Stadium and nobody knows how much more than the man who could not usurp him between the sticks in 2016-17.
Leicester snapped up Ron-Robert Zieler from Hannover in the summer of 2016. The former Manchester United youngster reportedly cost around £2.6 million that summer and arrived with an excellent reputation.
He did, however, know he was facing a battle with Schmeichel for the number one jersey. It was a battle he failed to win. Zieler played just 13 times for the reigning champions that season. An injury in November gave him a chance to secure the spot but was soon overtaken again by the Dane.
With that in mind, he left last summer, perhaps with hopes of harbouring a late call-up to the German World Cup squad.
His form probably warranted as such.
Zieler was excellent for new club VfB Stuttgart last term. The newly-promoted side were Germany’s surprise packages of last season. Zieler played a big role in that. He played 37 games, conceding just 42 and keeping 12 clean sheets. Those are incredible stats for a stopper and Leicester must know they had a star on their books.
The problem is, there was little room for both he and Schmeichel to co-exist and Zieler had to move on.
No Leicester fan will begrudge him his success.