Khiara Keating: Who is Manchester City’s new number one on course to make history?

Manchester City's Khiara Keating on the verge of English history.
BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Khiara Keating of England during a training session at St Georges Park on October 24, 2023 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Khiara Keating is on the verge of making history by becoming the first goalkeeper for the Lionesses to come from an ethnic minority background, thanks to her superb performances for Manchester City.

The 19-year-old has managed to roar into the frame under Gareth Taylor this season starting every Women’s Super League game thus far, keeping the likes of Ellie Roebuck and Sandy MacIver out of the picture.

Keating has already managed to keep three clean sheets in the WSL, with the only goal coming against Chelsea in the final seconds, just moments after she made a world-class save.

How did Keating get to this point in her career?

Quite surprisingly, Keating was first scouted by Man City’s rivals, Manchester United, as a striker, but quickly moved further back.

Keating was seemingly overawed and became nervous leading the lien for Man United, so thrust herself in goal and just like magic, a natural talent was unearthed.

Despite being scouted by Man United, Keating moved to the blue half of Manchester and has never looked back from the first time she travelled with the senior side aged just 16.

She was handed her debut back during the 2021/22 season making five appearances across all competitions and since then has simply gone from strength to strength.

Where has Khiara Keating played her football?

Despite racking up five early appearances into her City career, Gareth Taylor saw fit to send Keating out on loan to ensure her development did not stagnate.

First came a short stint with the National League side, AFC Fylde, which allowed her to play regular football at a good enough level for her development, before then taking a big step up into the FA Women’s Championship.

Keating was allowed to ply her trade for Covetry United between January and April of this year before an injury crisis at Man City saw her recalled for the end of last term.

Taylor has pledged his trust to Keating this season, leaving the likes of Roebuck and MacIver frustrated and kicking their heels on the bench, or in the case of the former, not even in the matchday squad.

However, Keating is only just getting started, having earned her first senior call-up to Sarina Wiegman’s England side and admitted she was ‘happy’ to be an inspiration.

“Obviously I think it’s important for anyone to make their debut but obviously coming from a background of colour, there’s not many of us,” Keating said.

“I think we are starting to see a rise and I’m just happy that I could be an inspiration.”

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