Southampton supporters were left with mixed reactions in the Transfer Tavern on Sunday after seeing their side only muster a 1-1 draw away to Brighton in the Premier League, yet the point moved them up to ninth place in the table ahead of Burnley’s clash with Newcastle United on Monday night.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s men went into their encounter at the AMEX Stadium having beaten West Brom 1-0 in their most recent league outing, and they looked on course for back-to-back successes when Steven Davis gave them a seventh minute lead. However, the visitors were unable to add the crucial second and were duly punished as Glenn Murray rose highest to head home Pascal Gross’ teasing cross just seven minutes into the second half, thus preserving a point for the Seagulls and keeping them just a point behind their South Coast rivals in the Premier League table.
Thus, the result stimulated mixed opinions from our resident Saints fans in the Tavern on Sunday night, although almost all of them were in agreement that goalkeeper Fraser Forster could have done better with Murray’s second half header.
The 29-year-old has struggled for form and confidence for much of this season and also made costly errors against Manchester United and Newcastle United – this all after a flying start to his Southampton career when he first made the move back in 2014, form which has since earned him six England caps.
And the shot-stopper will be well aware that he has to improve quickly if he is to remain ahead of Alex McCarthy in the pecking order, although the Saints hierarchy may well be looking at other goalkeeping options in the long-term should Forster continue to struggle.
Thus, here are THREE goalkeepers who could replace the 29-year-old at St Mary’s…