Player Spotlight: Ben Foster

This article first featured in Edition #11 of the RMD magazine (March 7, 2020)

Ben Foster is an English goalkeeper who currently plays for Premier League side Watford, having been at the Hornets since his move in July 2018 from West Brom.

The 36-year-old goalkeeper, who has eight senior caps for England to his name, began his career playing for local club Racing Club Warwick, becoming the side’s first choice goalkeeper despite his young age, before being spotted by the scouting department at Stoke.

Joining the Potters in 2001, Foster failed to make a first team appearance, spending time out on loan to further his development at Bristol City, Tiverton, Stafford Rangers, Kidderminster and Wrexham.

Foster impressed in Stoke’s youth ranks and on loan, and in July 2005 was signed by Manchester United for £1m. To get him ready for first team action, Foster was sent on two separate loan spells to Watford, making a combined total of 73 league appearances for the club, before returning to Manchester United. At Old Trafford, he played 12 league games for the senior team.

He then left in May 2010 to join Birmingham, looking for regular football, and played 38 league games, as well as making 37 league appearances on loan at West Brom during the 2011/12 season. West Brom opted to then buy Foster for a reported £4m in June 2012 and he went on to make a further 172 Premier League appearances for the club.

Following West Brom’s relegation, Foster joined Watford and to date has played 49 league games.

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