Name: Kasper Schmeichel
Continually buried beneath the back-page sport headlines dominated by teammates Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez this season, Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel showcased just how pivotal his input between the sticks is towards the Foxes’ surprise Premier League title challenge this month.
The Denmark international, who joined he club back in June 2011 from Leeds United, has risen up the divisions remarkably to firmly establish himself as one of the finest shot-stoppers in the English top-flight throughout the past 18 months.
The 29-year-old, who has 17 international caps for his country, significantly helped Claudio Ranieri’s side stay top of the pile over the course of January with some splendid New Year displays.
Schmeichel kept three clean sheets in four league appearances for Leicester this month, conceding just the one goal against Aston Villa back on January 16, although the Dane may feel hard done given Rudy Gestede’s goal was defected.
If Leicester are to continue defining the odds until May; therefore beating title rivals Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham to the Premier League trophy, Schmeichel’s safe hands are just as important over the remaining 15 league games as Vardy and Mahrez’s goalscoring exploits at the opposite end of the pitch.