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Albion Make Surprise Move for Heavily Derided Goalkeeper

Albion Make Surprise Move for Heavily Derided Goalkeeper
Jack Mitchell-Charman
Steele has suffered consecutive Championship relegation’s.

Speculation suggests that Brighton and Hove Albion are on the brink of losing two goalkeepers.

Tim Krul and Niki Mäenpää have been sidelined following Maty Ryan’s outstanding debut season with the club.

He kept 10 league clean sheets, proving to be a pivotal part in Albion’s survival.

Krul and Mäenpää are likely to depart in search of more playing time, with both keepers approaching the latter stages of their careers.

While Dutch keeper Krul is highly regarded, and a worthy backup for any side, his possible replacement is not viewed in the same manner.

Jason Steele of Sunderland is believed to be on the brink of signing for Albion, for an as of yet undisclosed fee.

Steele is a Championship veteran, playing over 250 times for teams across the division.

However, the keeper has faced relegation with Blackburn and Sunderland in the past two seasons.

The 27-year-old is not exactly creating great hype:

Despite this criticism, Steele has been defended by some:

It’s fair to say that no player in a relegated side ever gets an easy ride.

Steele was inevitably going to be criticised by Sunderland fans for his place in their relegation.

It is easy to point the blame at a keeper, as they play in perhaps the most high-pressure position.

Also, Tim Krul, a player with vast Premier League experience, is a hard second choice keeper to replace.

Steele is also an ex-England Under-21 keeper, showing the potential he has sporadically displayed.

For his experience alone, he is surely a good backup signing, and an economical one at that.

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