So far this season, Southampton haven’t exactly been tight at the back when it comes to conceding goals, with the Saints having let in 10 with seven games played in their latest Premier League campaign.
One player who hasn’t been given the chance to play his part in trying to make Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side stronger in defence is goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
This season has seen the 33-year-old – who is currently earning £70k-per-week, making Theo Walcott (£75k-per-week) the only Saints player earning more than him according to Spotrac – feature only in Southampton’s two Carabao Cup fixtures against Newport County and Sheffield United.
Since originally joining the club back in the 2014 summer transfer window from Celtic for a fee of £10m, Forster has made 140 appearances for the Saints across all competitions, in which he has conceded 150 goals and kept 52 clean sheets along the way.
In terms of his individual market value, in May 2018 Transfermarkt had the shot-stopper’s value listed at £13.5m, the highest it has been throughout his career. However, it now stands at just £2.7m.
During his time as a Southampton player, Forster went back to Celtic on a loan deal in 2019 where fellow Saints player Mohamed Elyounoussi, who was also on loan with the Hoops at the time, described the goalkeeper as a “clown” given how much he likes to joke around and laugh with the rest of his teammates.
In our view, taking into account his age and his bit-part status at St Mary’s, this could very well explain why his market value has decreased so sharply.
Moving forward, with Forster’s current contract at Southampton set to expire next summer, we feel that it would be the best option for the Saints to let him go at that point so that they can get his hefty wages off their wage bill and recruit a younger goalkeeper who could potentially become their first choice between the sticks at some point in the future.