Southampton have a history of making some very good low-cost signings and on August 1st 2016, they signed Crystal Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy on a three-year deal.
The former Palace man was signed as a backup to then first-choice ‘keeper, Fraser Forster and as you’d expect, he found it hard to break into the first-team. At the time, the signing didn’t get much attention but there again, what second or third-choice goalkeeper does.
However, some Saints fans seemed to be pretty happy with the signings, although in truth they probably hadn’t seen much of him before he made the move to the south coast.
So here’s what some of the fans had to say…
welcome to the best run, hardworking, team spirit club in the Prem #SaintAlex
— JBsRednWhiteSFC (@SailorGirl30) August 1, 2016
— Jack (@jack_sharpe98) August 1, 2016
uhuuul ! Monsters of Goal @Alex_Macca23 and @FraserForster
— Yan (@silvayan04) August 1, 2016
— Rhys ⚽ (@RhysTheSaint) August 1, 2016
good substitute keeper!!
— Jozzy Nutman (@josephnutman24) August 1, 2016
At the time of his arrival, Fraser Forster was still the club’s first-choice goalie and McCarthy was seen as very much the second-choice, especially after barely playing for Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace. and it’s safe to say that the goalkeeper had two pretty poor years while playing for QPR and Crystal Palace.
The shot-stopper got his debut at Reading in 2010 and despite becoming first-choice for a time, he was soon playing second fiddle to Adam Federici. The ‘keeper was once again second-fiddle for the early part of his Southampton career but after Forster’s dip in form last year, the former Reading goalkeeper took over the position and was a key part in keeping Southampton in the league.
Amid a season of poor performances, the goalkeeper was one of the few shining lights and such were his superb performances last year that he kept his place in the team for this season, despite the arrival of former Manchester City goalkeeper, Angus Gunn.
Just like last year, McCarthy has continued his excellent form and has played all six of the club’s Premier League games this season. The former Reading goalkeeper has even impressed national team coach Gareth Southgate and was called into the England squad for the matches against Spain and Switzerland. Despite not managing to play either of the two games, the Southampton goalkeeper seems to have been a shrewd piece of business from Saints.
After joining in 2016, it seems the Southampton fans were right to praise the arrival of the goalkeeper who seems to now be blossoming at the top level.
Southampton fans, what do you think?