Re: International Matches Discussion Thread
I'm not sure that De Gea doesn't get praise for making good saves. His first six months in England included a lot of poor performances and he rightly got slated. It took him a long time to lose the stigma of being an underperforming keeper but I think that the media gives him plenty of credit now, even when he displays poor technique by saving long range shots with his feet that he should be gathering, or even when he makes camera saves which would have been far simpler via good positioning. He had a couple of dodgy moments at the weekend but I didn't see him cop any criticism for it from the media, although I'm happy to be shown evidence if he did.
Hart is being overhyped for two reasons. First of all he's English, so automatically our media are going to believe that he's amazing. I mean, fucking hell, a lot of our tabloids were claiming that Ben Foster was going to be United's and England's long term number one...Next you have to consider the succession of mediocrity that preceeded him (Foster says hello again) including James, Green and Carson. If you're following that holy triumvirate of disastrous international keepers then you're bound to look amazing.
Oh, and trust me, the reason that Hart gets praise from the media is nothing to do with playing for United. If De Gea was English the tv, newspaper and radio companies would soon start hyping him as well. Even Rob Green was seen as the 'saviour' by some media outlets back in 2008 when he wasn't getting a look in under Capello, just look how that turned out.