Danny Ward is becoming a popular figure for the Wales national team during this country’s European Championship campaign. He is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a backup goalkeeper for Premier League club Leicester City and has now got the number one spot in the Wales national team ahead of Wayne Hennessey.
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Ward has also previously played for Liverpool and Wrexham as well as having loan spells at Morecambe, Aberdeen, and Huddersfield Town. He was first called up to the Welsh national team in 2013 and made his debut in 2016. He was part of their squad that reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2016.
However, the 27-year-old did secure himself a winners medal as part of the Leicester City FA cup winning squad after playing two games in the early stages of the cup competition
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Danny Ward has been magnificent and has helped secure wales their spot in the last 16 of the European Championships making crucial saves at vital times. Even when the team were under pressure and getting dominated in certain periods of games.
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When moving from Liverpool it was understood the welsh international would be the backup keeper at Leicester City behind their number one Kasper Schmeichel. Danny Ward’s greatest attribute is his shot-stopping ability. His last league appearance came for Huddersfield. It was a pivotal game-saving moment from Jordan Obita in a penalty shootout that ensured them a place in the Championship play-off final which they went on to win and gain promotion to the Premier League.
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The former Liverpool stopper made just five appearances last season, with all of them coming in cup competitions.The Foxes’ number two has been a key man for the Welsh, who have clinched a place in the round of 16 after taking four points from their group games against Switzerland, Turkey, and Italy
Almost a fortnight ago he saved another spot-kick, flying to his right to deny Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, and against Switzerland he almost singlehandedly prevented defeat.
YouTube: Karim Benzema missed penalty against Wales / Danny Ward saved penalty to Benzema
Many praised Gareth Bale and his influence on this Wales squad there’s no doubt Gareth is an outstanding footballer. However, if Danny Ward continues these exceptional performances on a weekly basis he will no doubt be one of the contenders for player of the tournament or even be in contention to win the golden glove if Wales progress in the competition.
Premier League clubs have already notified their interest in the goalkeeper as Wolves have reportedly ‘set their sights’ on the Leicester City number two following his impressive performances at the Euros.
He is on the radar for Wolves as they search for a new first-choice keeper after Rui Patricio is expected to depart from the Midlands and complete a permanent move to Roma after agreeing personal terms.
It will definitely be an interesting summer for Danny Ward if he continues these tremendous displays and hopefully becomes a Premier League number one keeper.