In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.
Fraser Forster – Celtic
Saints shot-stopper Fraser Forster is enjoying life north of the border with former club Celtic. The 31-year-old has played 11 times for the Bhoys in all competitions and has caught the eye with a string of impressive performance – notably last week in the Europa League against Lazio, where he pulled off some magnificent saves to ensure his side won 2-1.
Forster has admitted that he would “never say no” to Celtic if they were to try and sign him permanently, hinting that a potential move back to the club could be on the cards in the near future (via Daily Record).
Wesley Hoedt – Royal Antwerp
Defender Wesley Hoedt is gaining plenty of minutes while on loan with Royal Antwerp this season, but is still yet to keep a clean sheet for the Belgian side.
Antwerp currently sit sixth in the Jupiler League standings after 11 games, but have conceded 15 goals thus far, so desperately need to shore things up if they’re to challenge for a slot in Europe next season.
Guido Carrillo – Leganes
Guido Carrillo is displaying the sort of form which saw him shipped out of loan in the first place. The Argentine is yet to find the net for his temporary employers in seven appearances, chipping in with a single assist for the Spanish side so far (per Transfermarkt).
Carrillo’s future on the south coast looked all but over anyway, and if he keeps misfiring at Leganes, it’ll surely seal his fate. Indeed, such form has seen Mauricio Pellegrino sacked again while working with the striker, who couldn’t even register a shot on target against Mallorca recently according to WhoScored, and then suffered the same problems against Real Madrid last night.
Fraser Forster seems to be flourishing back at his former club, Celtic, looking at home in Glasgow. A permanent switch back to the club could be on the agenda for the 31-year-old, which seems exactly what he needs at this stage of his career.
Wesley Hoedt is benefitting from his time in Belgium, though he really could do with keeping a clean sheet to prove to his parent club that he is strong enough to cope with the demands of the Premier League – unlike their current defensive options.
In the case of Guido Carrillo, there is little to be said. He is sadly not proving his worth with Leganes having failed to score a single goal so far, and looks a certainty to leave Southampton sooner rather than later.
Saints fans, where are these three players’ careers headed? Do they have any chance of a Chelsea future? Let us know in the comments below!
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