In the summer of 2014, Southampton signed Celtic goalkeeper, Fraser Forster for a £10 million fee in what seemed like an incredibly cheap deal for the England international.
The former Celtic man would make his debut for the club against Liverpool and although they lost 2-1, the giant goalkeeper would go onto to have a solid start to his Southampton career.
Forster had been a brilliant player for Celtic during his time north of the border and following his arrival, plenty of the Southampton fans were excited to see him play for the club.
Here’s what they had to say:
@SouthamptonFC @FraserForster great signing! Welcome aboard
— Ross (@RossiBakes) August 9, 2014
— Liz (@kicksfeen_) August 9, 2014
@SouthamptonFC great news we have a history of quality keepers at Saints good to jim Steel at the game
— Steve Batten (@SJBatten56) August 10, 2014
— Richard Morris (@chigley7) August 9, 2014
@SouthamptonFC @FraserForster Top signing!!
— Matt Ashley (@MattAshley1) August 9, 2014
Along with Virgil Van Dijk and Victor Wanyama, Forster would be another one of the players to make the successful journey south from Celtic to Southampton.
In his first eight games in the Premier League, Forster kept four clean sheets while also only conceding five goals which at the time was the best defensive record in the Premier League. Forster played 30 games in his first season with the club and had established himself as one of the better ‘keepers in the league.
In his second year with the club, he suffered an injury which reduced him to only playing 18 games in the league. The following year, Forster returned to the lineup for new manager Claude Puel and although Southampton made a poor start to the league, Forster still played well and did manage to string together five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions in September.
That was the only high point for Forster as the goalkeeper’s form began to drop rapidly. The rest of the season was one of disappointment for the club as they reached the EFL Cup final and were unlucky to lose to Man City. From Forster’s perspective, despite a few solid games, he had a relatively inconsistent season.
Last season, he had a very poor year and despite playing 20 games, he was replaced in December by Alex McCarthy. Forster has not played since then and with Angus Gunn arriving in the summer, his career at the club looks to be coming to an end.
Although he’s been fairly poor over the last year or so, Forster was a solid goalkeeper for a time, albeit for not as long as Saints fans might have hoped for.