According to Goal, Southampton are eyeing up a move for Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn this summer. The shot-stopping ranks at St Mary’s are in safe hands with Englishman Alex McCarthy based on his efforts in the second half of last season, benefiting greatly from Fraser Forster’s struggles to throw his future at the club into doubt.
Ultimately, the England international endured a testing first half of the season last time round in making costly mistakes between the sticks for the Saints, eventually resulting in his exclusion from the starting eleven against Manchester United back on December 28.
And with deputy McCarthy barely putting a foot wrong as his replacement, and in fact playing as big a part as any in keeping Mark Hughes’ side in the Premier League, Forster had to make-do with a spot on the bench for the rest of the season.
As such, it looks like McCarthy will head into the 2018/19 campaign as the club’s number one, and were the highly-rated Gunn to move to St Mary’s, he is sure to be ahead of Forster in the pecking order as well, regardless of whether or not he dethrones McCarthy as the number one.
And for a goalkeeper of Forster’s ability, regardless of the testing times he has endured in the last 12 months or so, he simply won’t be content with the substitute’s bench at St Mary’s – after all, it was only two years ago that the 30-year-old was a regular in the England squad.
And getting back to that level may force the goalkeeper to leave Southampton this summer, especially if 22-year-old Gunn, valued at £1.8 million by Transfermarkt, does indeed make the move south to St Mary’s.
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The City shot-stopper enjoyed a fine season on loan at Championship side Norwich City last term to further underline his capabilities between the sticks, and at the tender age of 22, he is only going to get better the more football he plays.
And with that eight years younger than Forster, alongside the more potential to improve Gunn has as opposed to the Saints goalkeeper, a move for the 22-year-old wouldn’t just be one for the present, but also for the future, thus jeopardising Forster’s chances of ever returning to be the club’s number one.
Thus, the addition of Gunn this summer could well force Forster out of St Mary’s this summer, and thus bring his spell at Southampton to an end.
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