Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn was one of his side’s heroes as they beat Everton on penalties at Goodison Park to reach the last 16 of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, and Saints fans were quick to react on Twitter to say that he should be starting ahead of first-choice Alex McCarthy.
The south coast outfit signed the 22-year-old from Manchester City in a deal worth £13.5m during the summer transfer window, but McCarthy has – deservedly so following his performances between the sticks throughout 2018 – been preferred in the Premier League, with Gunn having to settle for his chance in the cup.
Dropping the former Palace stopper, who has even earned an England call-up in recent weeks thanks to his outstanding form, would be extremely controversial and harsh, but that has not dissuaded some of the St Mary’s faithful from speaking up.
Southampton supporters, who have also reacted to one of their former stars sold on the cheap excelling, took to social media to have their say on the goalkeeper situation, and while one said “Gunn is our best keeper, start him”, another said “Gunn looks better than McCarthy for me”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
I’ve said all season Gunn will be Reg no 1 – proved it tonight! Yoshida & Bednarek have to start from now on! Remember that was Everton we beat tonight – rarely do we go there & win! #saintsfc
— Philip Binns (@Binnsphilip) October 2, 2018
Think Gunn looks better than McCarthy for me… don’t get me wrong Macca is a great shot stopper but Gunn just looks so composed in everything he does.. distribution, commanding his area etc #saintsfc
— Nathan Thomas (@Nathanthomasj) October 2, 2018
So, we won yesterday then? About bloody time!
I hear Gunn was excellent?! Perhaps we should start him? #saintsfc 🔴⚪️
— Marc Higgins (@MarcTR4) October 3, 2018
Gunn and Yoshida should be start for me! But every time I say it everyone gets on the defensive 🙈or offended. #saintsfc
— Kevin (@Kevinsaints1989) October 2, 2018
Always nice to win, however the position we are in wins in the league should be the priority. Players included tonight need to be in the league starting line up, I include Gunn in that too. Tough fixtures coming up. #saintsfc
— Andrew (@andrew_saintsfc) October 2, 2018
gunn is our best keeper. start him #saintsfc
— ً (@sfcvkyle) October 2, 2018