Ian Wright spoke exclusively to Squawka recently and revealed he would have loved to play against Manchester United’s David de Gea.
The former striker would have also liked to see how he’d fare against Manuel Neuer, although he reckons he’d do better against the German than the Red Devils’ keeper.
“[I’d like to play against] David De Gea and Manuel Neuer,” he said to Squawka.
“I think there is more of an impulsiveness about Neuer than there is about De Gea, there would be more of an opportunity with the impulsiveness of Neuer.”
Modern goalkeepers are a completely different species to what they were back when Wrighty was a striker. The likes of sweeper-keepers and the impulsivity we often see displayed are a recent phenomenon whereas the likes of David Seaman were known as ‘safe hands’. They were far more predictable, whether for better or worse. It’d be interesting to see how an old school striker like Ian Wright would do against a modern keeper or whether it would make any difference at all.
In fact, the notion itself is intriguing. How would most players from the 90s fare against modern players? Can someone can set up a penalty shoot-out between De Gea and Ian Wright?