Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl came out and publicly criticised goalkeeper Alex McCarthy for his positioning for Felipe Anderson’s first goal in his side’s defeat to West Ham United last month, with Angus Gunn replacing him between the sticks for the previous two matches against Chelsea in the Premier League and Derby County in the FA Cup respectively.
And it is a move that has paid off with the former Manchester City stopper making his mark.
Well, after McCarthy was beaten at his near post by the Anderson strike from outside of the penalty area the Austrian told BBC Radio Solent:
“Alex [McCarthy] was not in the right position, he was stood too far to the left of the goal and he knows that I think”.
While the 51-year-old kept the faith with the England international against Manchester City, he took the brave decision to hand Gunn his Premier League debut for the daunting trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea just a few days later.
It proved to be a good call though as the 22-year-old kept a clean sheet and produced an assured display and made six saves, as per WhoScored, while he was quick off of his line to snuff out any danger and was largely accurate with his distribution – something McCarthy does struggle with.
Gunn couldn’t keep another shut-out against the Rams on Saturday, but he once again was quick to read any balls over the top of the defence.
Hasenhuttl has said that he was always going to give Gunn those two fixtures to make an impact, but now he has surely put himself in contention to start again against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium this weekend after proving his manager right.
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