David Ousted primed to be Whitecaps number one keeper

June 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2013 | Leave a comment

I have seen the tapes and watched the training video; the Whitecaps new keeper David Ousted looks like the real thing. The Danish keeper’s technique appears to be excellent, and at 6’4″ and 195 pounds he is the perfect size to command the Whitecap’s penalty area. For a big man his footwork is excellent and he has superb hand-eye coordination. He is in top physical condition. At 28, he has plenty of experience including playing in the Danish top flight, which is a very good standard of football.

Confidence in a football team comes out of the back. There is nothing like a big competent keeper who shows leadership and skill to help spread confidence throughout a football team. While Joe Cannon and Brad Knighton each have excellent attributes, I don’t feel either has the complete goalkeeper package. Cannon’s kicking skills are awful and he is prone to silly errors from time to time. Knighton is too shy and quiet; he does not lead the team from the goalmouth.

Ousted appears to have that leadership presence which makes teammates listen, and makes the other team take notice too. While Brad Knighton currently holds the number one jersey, I feel the next mistake he makes Ousted may get his chance. From the quality I have seen on the videos, it will be hard for anyone to get the jersey back. My prediction is that Ousted will have the number one spot firmly in his hands towards he end of the season.

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