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Southampton could have perfect Forster replacement with Jack Bycroft

Southampton currently have a number of senior squad players whose contracts are set to expire in the summer, including 33-year-old goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

The Saints signed the shot-stopper back in the 2014 summer transfer window from Scottish club Celtic for a reported fee of £10m.

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Since then, the goalkeeper, who is currently valued at £2.7m according to Transfermarkt, has made a total of 141 appearances for the Saints across all competitions in which he has managed to keep 52 clean sheets along the way.

So far this season, Forster has only played in Southampton’s Carabao Cup games, which they are now out of after losing to Chelsea on penalties last month.

Taking all of this into account, it seems likely that Forster’s time at St. Mary’s could be coming to an end if he doesn’t put pen to paper on a new deal before then.

With that in mind, we feel that the south coast club could already have their perfect replacement for the 33-year-old, if he does end up leaving this summer, with 20-year-old Jack Bycroft, who could save the club millions in potential transfer fees to find a new shot-stopper.

As a product of Southampton’s youth academy, Bycroft has made 27 appearances for their U18 side and 32 for Southampton’s B team, keeping eight clean sheets in the process.

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So far this season, Bycroft has played in the majority of the Southampton B team league fixtures, showing how important he is for them and that he’s getting a useful number of minutes under his belt as he continues to develop.

Back in March, Bycroft signed a new three-year deal with Southampton, cementing his future with the club. At that point, Southampton’s academy director Matt Hale called Bycroft a “confident and strong communicator, who has been nurtured really well by the goalkeeping staff” during his time at the club and has “developed his technical ability to a really high level.”

This says to us that the club have seen enough in Bycroft to believe that he can go on to have a big future at St. Mary’s.

Moving forward, if Bycroft can have a successful end to the season with Southampton’s B team and Forster does end up leaving in the summer, we feel this could give the youngster a clear pathway to becoming a regular figure in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s senior squad for the future.

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