David de Gea‘s rise to become one of the best goalkeepers in the world over the last two years has seen him work his way up the pecking order with Spain.
An injury to Victor Valdes gave him a wildcard spot in Spain’s squad for the World Cup and although he didn’t get to play, the dreadful performances of Iker Casillas certainly helped his cause to become first choice goalkeeper under Vicente del Bosque.
De Gea joined up with Spain this week for their international games against Ukraine and the Netherlands and he’ll be full of confidence going into the games in the best form of his life.
Casillas might be no.1 by default as it stands but Spain coach del Bosque simply won’t be able to overlook de Gea for much longer and he’ll be ready to fight Madrid’s goalkeeper for that first team spot.
Of course, it isn’t just at international level where de Gea might replace Casillas because rumours linking United’s no.1 to Real Madrid won’t quieten down, especially if de Gea’s performances only continue to improve.
United fans are praying that move to Madrid never happens for de Gea but as he was born in the city, there is always the possibility that lure of returning home will prove too much for de Gea to ignore.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on how de Gea does this week with Spain in both of their games, starting with Ukraine on 27 March.