The Breakdown

Opinion: Southampton getting rid of £13m-rated goalkeeper could be a masterstroke

According to Sky Sports, Southampton are willing to listen to offers for goalkeeper Fraser Forster, as manager Mark Hughes targets Manchester City’s Angus Gunn for the No.1 spot at St. Mary’s. And having not played a game since Boxing Day, now is probably a good time to cash in on Forster.

The Breakdown

After initially winning plaudits for his performances in the Premier League following his move from Celtic to Southampton back in the summer of 2014, £13m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Forster has since had a rapid decline and been largely disappointing between the sticks.

Forster’s poor from had seen him dropped by former Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino before his sacking, and the 30-year-old didn’t show anything for Pellegrino’s successor Hughes to think he deserved a recall back into the starting XI.

Alex McCarthy was installed into Southampton’s line up by Pellegrino and was kept their – rightly so – by Hughes. McCarthy’s performances have been levels above those of Forster’s and have seen him earn a new four-year deal at the club.

With that in mind, Forster’s place in Southampton’s squad is clearly the most vulnerable to Gunn or any other goalkeeper that could arrive at St. Mary’s this summer.

It’s very surprising things have come to this point with Forster, who looked like a solid No.1 in his early Premier League days. However, the former Celtic stopper has failed to show any sort of progression in the last couple of years.

Rather, Forster has gone backwards, which is worrying considering he’s at the age where goalkeepers tend to peak.

Instead, Forster now finds himself in a position where he’s not only lost his starting spot at Southampton, but also his place in the England squad.

Now is the right time for Southampton to part ways with the goalkeeper.

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