Stoke City loses their number 2 stopper after Manchester United announced the signing of Lee Grant.
After the arrival of the Brazilian midfielder, Fred, this is the last signing any United fan was hoping for, or expecting to hear about. Not the best goalkeeper in the world and certainly not a keeper sent in to replace United number 1, David de Gea.
However, this is a necessary signing for the English giants. Sergio Romero issued a statement regarding his future about a month ago, before the World Cup kicked off. Telling the press he would prefer a move home, signals the player is contempt on staying at the English club.
Now with the inclusion of the 35-year-old Grant – the move back to Argentina looks more likely. De Gea played most of the games, with Romero featuring in cup games only last season.
Closer to the knockout stages of the Champions League, de Gea featured over Romero. Indicating, the Argentine was only good enough for the Europa League – which he played in right up till the finals.
Lee Grant saves… His career!
Who would have thought Lee would be granted fit enough for Jose’s United team. But in saying this – Grant was quite the performer for Stoke when between the sticks and their first choice was out.
Lee was blessed with the Player of the Year award for the Potters in the season of 2016/17, highlighting one of the main reasons United signed the keeper. Last season with Butland back in action, Grant took a backseat ride to their relegation.
He only featured five times across all competitions. As reported, United will use the stopper as a third backup to the two first team goalkeepers that are there already. That’s if Romero decides to stay and outplay another player for the same spot.
Taken from the from the Manchester Evening News:
"“Moving to Manchester United has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. “This was an opportunity that I couldn’t let pass and I’m thrilled to become a part of such a historic club.”"
Grant is highly rated for his pointblank saves and long-range stopping. He lacks a lot in concentration. But such things can change at a big club like United. The club has signed him on in a two-year deal.
English Premier League experience plus him coming on a free – good business by the Manchester club.