There’s an awful lot of luck involved in making it to the top of football nowadays. At this time of year, when clubs announce their retained lists a lot of players find themselves without a club, and can often drift out of the game.
Being out on loan gives players the chance to show what they’re made of and even if it means dropping a few divisions, at least they are playing in front of 4/5000 people instead of half a dozen on a training pitch.
I don’t know how far down the pecking order Iversen is at Leicester, but he is probably going to return to their under 23 side. Standing in his way, of course, is his fellow countryman Kasper Schmeichel who is likely to have a few seasons left as first choice ‘keeper.
It will not have escaped the notice of anybody looking for a new goalkeeper that Iversen, has had an excellent season with Latics and could easily play at a higher level. I would not be surprised if a Championship club made an offer for him before the start of next season.
The success of a goalkeeper, of course, is measured in how few goals they let in and although Latics were turned over a few times this season. Iversen’s overall contribution to the side was a positive one with the obvious highlight being his penalty save at Fulham, furthermore, in all competitions, he kept a clean sheet on 17 occasions.
By all accounts, Iversen was also extremely popular at the club and that will serve him well wherever he ends up at. Working your way up the pecking order at a big club is tough and given that there is so much at stake, the choice of who to place in goal is crucial.
A goalkeeper can often play well into his late 30’s, however, the 21-year-old still has the world at his feet. Wherever Iversen ends up, Latics fans will wish him well and hope that he has a long and successful career.