Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is eager to make a significant contribution at his new club West Bromwich Albion.
The Dane, who signed a two-year contract with the Midlands side on a free transfer earlier today, leaves Manchester United after five years at the club.
Lindegaard has never been a favourite of Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman hasn’t used the goalkeeper once during his tenure and prefers youngster Sam Johnstone as his No.2 goalkeeper. So with this in mind, a move away from Old Trafford for the 31-year-old was always likely.
Speaking to West Brom’s official website, Lindegaard expressed his enthusiasm ahead of this new challenge with West Brom.
“Since moving to England I’ve been impressed with how well West Brom have done in the Premier League,” said Lindegaard.
“I had a good chat with Tony Pulis – I must call him the ‘gaffer’ now – and he convinced me it would be a good move for me and the club.
“From there things moved very quickly. I was very keen to get it done so I can just concentrate on the thing that matters most, the football.
“I am very happy to join and hope I can make a big contribution this season.”
Very happy to have signed with WBA. Can't wait to get started in my new club!
— Anders Lindegaard (@ALindegaard) August 31, 2015
With a lowly 29 appearances in five years, Lindegaard has never got the chance to fully endear himself to Man United supporters. The goalkeeper showed immense promise in the early days of David De Gea‘s Manchester United career (his heroics against Benfica back in 2011 was perhaps the Dane’s zenith during his time at Old Trafford), but was eventually overshadowed by the growingly brilliant Spaniard.
With just one Premier League appearance in the last two seasons, Lindegaard’s move to West Brom seems like the right move for all parties involved, since it means that van Gaal is able to further eradicate the flotsam within his squad and ensure some much needed game time for the Dane.