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Premier League stars praise aspiring goalkeeper

25 Mar 2020
Leeds boy playing goalie by himself

Juan Mata, David De Gea and Ben Foster impressed by young player's alternative way to overcome isolation with clever drill

A boy has been praised by Premier League stars after coming up with a clever way to continue his goalkeeping training during home isolation.

With the coronavirus outbreak forcing school closures and social isolation, the lack of team-mates and opponents is a challenge for aspiring footballers.

Creativity is required, and Sarah-Jayne Tobin posted a video of her son, an only child, kicking his ball against a fence before diving to save the rebounds. 

Premier League players were impressed with his improvisation and sent messages of praise and support to the Leeds United fan.

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata tweeted: "One day, if he wants, and when all this is over, I would like to practise my free-kicks with him in goal! What do you think?"

Mata's team-mate David De Gea encouraged his fellow goalkeeper, tweeting: "Love it!"

And Watford 'keeper Ben Foster said he is keen to join him for a training session at a future date. 

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