With such an iconic footballing father, there is no denying Kasper Schmeichel has big gloves to fill, May 2016 could see the biggest shock in Premier League history if Leicester City continue their march to the title, it’s been a mesmerizing rise to the top for the Danish keeper so a title winning medal will surely ease the comparisons of matching his father’s legendary success. If the fairy-tale Foxes tale ends in tragedy, 2016 will at least always be the year Kasper Schmeichel reached another of his dad’s many footballing trophies, being crowned Denmark’s Footballer of the Year.
It wasn’t long ago years Kasper Schmeichel was plying his trade in League 2 with Notts County, fast forward 6 years and the 29 year old Dane has 20 international caps and is competing for Leicester City’s first Premier League title. It was no real surprise that at the Carlsberg Tap1 ceremony in Copenhagen Schmeichel received the award which brought the family total up to 4 after Peter’s 1990, 1993 & 1999 achievements. Kasper’s recognition comes after 12 months of highs between the sticks at the King Power Stadium, his 17 Premier League clean sheets in that time have seen the Foxes not only survive relegation and then stage the incredible title push, proud father Peter shared the good news via his Twitter account- “I’m nothing but a proud dad tonight. @kschmeichel1 has just been voted Player of the year in Denmark,”
The younger Schmeichel’s Denmark Player of the Year win also follows other Premier League represented Danes. In the last 8 years there have been 3 other recipients, Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen has lifted the award the last 2 consecutive years, Daniel Agger during his Liverpool career was recognised twice in 2007 & 2012 and also Martin Laursen won when he was playing at the heart of the Aston Villa defence in 2008.
The whole world and its wife have their fingers crossed that this trophy is not the only one Kasper receives in 2016, either way he’s got a couple more to catch up to his dad Peter.