Former Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone has been voted as Major League Soccer’s best goalie of the year.
The Italian has been at Minnesota United squad, on loan from Reading FC and his feats throughout the campaign period has been deemed worthy of a best keeper prize.
It wasn’t all blues for Vito though as his side lost to LA Galaxy in the MLS play-offs putting to dent an otherwise brilliant campaign for a man that has been turned in a Premier League journeyman having played for a host of teams including Arsenal, Sunderland and one which isn’t even in the top league: Reading FC.
In spending years moving from one English outfit to another, Vito experienced the cold hard truths about the actual chances of any one no matter how talented they might be in succeeding in the Premier League.
Latest case in point being Serge Gnabry who struggled to nail down a starting berth at Vito Mannone’s former club Arsenal until he moved to his home country of Germany, excelled at Werder Bremen before league giants Bayern Munich decided he was worthy of joining them.
With Reading FC still struggling to find their way closer to coming back to the Premier League, Vito’s heroics across the Atlantic Ocean must have made them aware of the adage that says a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
With the season still months away, recalling Mannone to add as a booster to the rest of the squad is looking like no big deal.
The move, expected to happen this January do raise the old concern as to whether Mannone wont slid into inactivity which breeds rustiness to him game, making him a liability once more for Reading and forcing them to send him on a loan spell again.