Forster Appearance Sparks Social Media Speculation Friday, 22nd Mar 2019 09:07
Fraser Forster's appearance for Saints in the behind closed doors friendly against Queens Park Rangers has led to social media going mad about just what that means in terms of the Saints goalkeeping pecking order.
There was a rare sighting of Fraser Forster this week, the Goalkeeper has become the forgotten man since being dropped in December 2017 for Alex McCarthy with the arrival of Angus Gunn last summer pushing him further down the pecking order.
But his appearance in the friendly against QPR has prompted much speculation on social media .
The problem is these days there are many websites dedicated to Saints that do little other than take a headline and then make the story up from tweets. This gives no indication of whether the tweets quoted are the majority view or otherwise.
Forster's appearance thus quoted one tweeter as saying that he had seen on social media that Forster was about to be reinstated as number 1 keeper at St Mary's although about the only evidence that was being offered was that Forster's picture suddenly seemed to be appearing a lot more in the press.
One such tweet read:
"I think Forster will be first choice from now on. A lot of things on social media are suggesting so."
"Forster has been in a lot of photos of late."
There was speculation of this kind a couple of months ago when Angus Gunn was first brought into the team for a Premier league game, however Ralph Hasenhuttl was quick to dispel those rumours and nothing since has suggested any substance.
But that is the nature of so called news stories these days, looking through the list of Saints related stories on line in the last 24 hours, there are a growing number of sites who do nothing other than rehash twitter quotes and turn them into headlines.
In fact the Forster story has a lot more substance to it than many, at least it offers the evidence that Forster is appearing in a lot more photo's lately, whilst other stories are little more than a printed tweet from someone suggesting a player for the club whom they have seen score a goal on Sky news and this being twisted to a headline that the club are looking at the player.
Back last summer I commented that Saints would find it hard to get Forster off the books due to his wage, I also said that I thought that Saints hadn't spent £12 million on Angus Gunn in order to leave him on the bench for long, that signing Gunn was a clear indication that they did not see Alex McCarthy as the long term keeper.
I still maintain this, I would not be surprised to see McCarthy leave the club in the summer as they look to trim the squad and also not only bring in transfer money but free up wages for new arrivals.
That being the case I think Saints will snap the hands off of any offer they receive approaching £10 million.
They will then have Gunn & Forster as first and second choice backed up by Harry Lewis and will feel that this is a strong option and given the situation the right one for the club.
The only case for McCarthy being sold and Forster retained is that Alex Mc is a saleable asset and Forster is an expensive liability who we cannot offload. Ralph has made it clear FF has no future at the Club - the problem is the ridiculous contract he is commanding and the understandable lack of interest any other Club has in buying him.
I think Forster is not given enough credit, he was good enough when we had three consecutive top 8 finishes with him in our goal, McCarthy lasted barely a year as first choice and although it cannot be denied he was superb in the final games of last season, the other 30 or so games varied in quality
Forster was half decent when protected by fonte ,vvd and wanyama add to that a few good games namely arsenal away where he stopped everything, however having watched him play every week I'm not alone in thinking he gets beaten at his near post far too often, has no command of his area, he doesn't come for crosses and his distribution is amazingly poor so he will never be first choice at any prem team imo but best of luck to him if he leaves.
Forster is a " valuable /costly asset" whether he plays for us again - or not. His contract extends to 2022 (at a reported for £60K /week) that means we pay out more than £3 million a year - even if he only stands in goal for training sessions at Staplewood.
He's played in a couple of U23 games without showing any of the qualities that won him England caps at one time, but at least it puts him "on show" for any potential buyers who might "dare" to ask his price, but one way or another we must resolve the situation soon.
The majority of goalies lack consistancy more than most players, ( A striker can miss 3 or 4 shots a game, but if a goalie concedes just one - you can lose the game), and as we have seen recently even Pickford, De Gea and Lloris don't save everything, but IMHO he will need to show a dramatic improvement in form- if he is to stay and one of the others will leave. McCarthy is second choice just now, and if Ralph decides to perservere with him and Angus Gunn next season, then Forster faces yet another season out in the cold - and we drop a "not-so-cool " £3 million a year for his salary for the next 3 seasons.
Any speculation on social media that he still has a future at Saints is utter bs. Forster has to move on within the next year if he still has ambitions. I don´t think he wishes to see out his contract that runs until summer 2022 as a never used third choice keeper and be remembered as a greedy pain in the a** with all Saints supporters. He has only just turned 30, I believe, and he has already earned more than enough money to live a great life when he retires, and he should start focusing 100 % on his ambitions and get his career back on track. The best thing that could happen for him is probably getting a chance / trying his luck abroad. In France, Italy, Spain, Germany or Holland for instance. Why not start all over on max. fresh terms and get known in another country, Frazer? Learn a new culture/language etc.