It is not often that you see two goalkeepers fighting for one position continuously throughout a season.
Yet at Southampton, this has been the case as both Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn have featured in the Premier League for the club with both delivering impressive individual performances.
However, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side facing a major battle to stay in the top flight over the next eight games, it is surely time to stop rotating the goalkeeping position and back one man to help the Saints survive.
The player in question has to be Angus Gunn. An England under-21 international, the shot-stopper enjoyed a stand-out campaign for Norwich City last season whilst on loan from Manchester City, which attracted the interest of former Southampton boss Mark Hughes.
Signed for a fee reported to be in the region of £13.5m (according to the BBC) last July, the keeper had to play second fiddle to McCarthy in the league until January 2nd where he made his top-flight debut against Chelsea. Delivering a superb performance at Stamford Bridge, Gunn ensured that his side would secure a priceless point on their travels after initially being written off by many before the game.
However, despite his heroics, McCarthy reclaimed his position for the next five games in the Premier League yet it soon became clear that Hasenhuttl had made a mistake as the replacement ‘keeper failed to keep a single clean sheet during this period. Gunn, therefore, returned to the starting eleven for the Saints’ trip to Arsenal and has since featured in the club’s last four games, his best run of appearances since joining in the summer.
A talented player who is still at the very beginnings of his career at the age of 23, it surely is time for his Austrian boss to back him to help secure Premier League football for next year, especially when you consider the money that Southampton forked out to bring him to St Mary’s.
A continued rotation of the squad could do more harm than good to the Saints’ chances of avoiding the dreaded drop and so Hasenhuttl needs to either back one player or the other until the end of the season.
What do you think Southampton fans? Should Gunn keep his place in the Southampton side? Or should McCarthy replace him? Let us know below.
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