Robert Sanchez sported a smile as he met his team-mates from Spain at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes. His arrival was in light of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Qualifiers fixture against Greece on March 26th, 2021. Brighton Hove and Albion’s recruit specialist Mark Anderson knew the potential hidden inside the young Spaniard and was happy for Sanchez’s call-up for international duty.
Robert Sanchez did not feature in the game due to Unai Simon’s availability for La Furia Roja. This news did not cause any tears for the Spaniard as he never expected a call-up to the international squad to come so soon for him.
The Mark Anderson-Sanchez connection
Though Mark Anderson predicted such a day. He was sure the Spaniard would be a great keeper. This was due to him knowing Sanchez as the fifth choice goal-keeper in Brighton. Veteran Matt Ryan assumed the number one spot in between the sticks for Brighton at this point. Over time, Anderson eventually saw the young shot-stopper with a new perspective by observing him in a few training sessions.
In an interview on March 27th, 2021, he said, ” I would make a bet with my savings that he will succeed in life. In my thirty-five-years as a recruitment specialist, I have only had gut feelings a few times.”
“With Robert Sanchez, I had such a feeling, and my feeling paid off since he is doing well now,” said Anderson.
If Robert Sanchez never left Brighton, he would never have made a name for himself. So it was a blessing in disguise for the twenty-three-year-old because there are so many other players who play and retire as backups.
The resurgence of Sanchez after Brighton at Forest Green Rovers
The Spaniard, frustrated at the American Express Stadium Arena’s lack of opportunities, looked for loan moves elsewhere. He was granted his wish soon enough as Forest Green Rovers offered him a way out.
The Green Devils gave him his debut in League two on August 4th, 2018. From thenceforth, he recorded two clean sheets and conceded just seventeen goals in seventeen League-two appearances.
With his record, Brighton received a few loan offers for the Spaniard. Eventually, they decided to send him on loan to Rochdale in the league one in the 2019-20 season.
The Dale thus became the third chapter in his career as a footballer. After his arrival, he recorded six clean sheets and conceded forty-four goals in twenty-six League one appearances.
Now there is talk that Robert Sanchez needs only to fight David De Gea for a place on the La Furia Roja line-up. However, Sanchez sees De Gea as a role model who wishes to emulate in his career as a shot-stopper.
Robert Sanchez reveals David De Gea influenced his playing style
The twenty-three-year-old Spaniard revealed that he follows the playing style of Manchester United’s David De Gea.
The thirty-year-old Spaniard is indeed a great player to emulate for any young goal-keeper, and he is a natural leader. He shines on and off the pitch due to his humble nature, and if Sanchez follows suit, he will soon be a great player for Spain in the upcoming 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Therefore, Robert Sanchez has no reason to fight De Gea as he would instead learn from his senior.
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