Brentford midfielder David Raya has admitted that everyone is astonished that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been left out of Spain’s squad.
This season, De Gea has been in outstanding form between the posts for the Red Devils. With outstanding saves, the 31-year-old has single-handedly won many games for the team.
Despite this, he was unable to break into Luis Enrique’s La Roja lineup. Unai Simon of Athletic Bilbao has been a regular for the national squad since his debut last year.
Meanwhile, Robert Sanchez of Brighton & Hove Albion and Raya of Brentford has been named as the club’s deputy goalkeepers. The latter was called up for the first time at the expense of De Gea.
Enrique’s decision has sparked much discussion in recent days, and Raya has now stated that ‘everyone is astonished by his compatriot’s absence from the newest Spain team.
“It’s a surprise for everyone,” he remarked in an exclusive interview with Onda Cero. De Gea is on loan at Manchester United, and everyone is surprised he isn’t in the national squad.”
Raya, 26, has made good progress at Brentford over the last several seasons and should be thrilled that his efforts have been rewarded with his first Spain call-up.
However, De Gea’s exclusion continues to astound us. According to Luis Enrique’s remarks, he does not fit into the system, which is correct. De Gea is not a contemporary goalie.
The Spaniard has incredible reflexes, but he hardly steps off his line to make lofty claims. In high-pressure situations, he is also uneasy playing from the back.
This could be an indication of Enrique’s choice. Meanwhile, there has been unexpected speculation that De Gea might be replaced. United is planning a move for Sevilla midfielder Yassine Bounou.