Fraser Forster appears to be wasting away at Southampton this season, as the form of Alex McCarthy means he has failed to feature in any of the Saints’ fixtures so far this season.
It’s clear that Ralph Hasenhuttl sees the 32-year-old as nothing more than a back-up with the South Coast club and it had seemed likely that he would re-join Celtic after impressing on loan with the Bhoys last season.
The former England international made 28 appearances in the Scottish top-flight for Neil Lennon’s side, keeping 14 clean sheets in the process.
Following Forster’s performance in a League Cup Final against Rangers, teammate Christopher Jullien was full of praise for him, saying:
“There are no words! There are no words to describe that. He’s been unbelievable since he’s come here.”
However, his performances in Scotland were clearly not enough to convince Hasenhuttl that he was deserving of a starting spot in his side, and considering Celtic were so heavily linked with a move for him during the summer, a January move certainly seemed on the cards.
This was until Lennon confirmed recently that the Hoops are not looking to add another goalkeeper to their ranks, with 22-year-old Connor Hazard having established himself as first-choice in recent weeks, with Scott Bain and Vasilis Barkas available as back-ups, meaning Forster is not a priority.
Despite this, the Saints must consider selling Forster in January, as he currently earns £70k per week at Southampton, with only Danny Ings earning more, which is a huge waste on someone who has played zero minutes so far this season.
Although third-choice keeper Angus Gunn is currently on loan with Stoke City, the wages saved on Forster would surely allow the Saints to bring in a solid back-up for McCarthy in January.
As well as this, Forster’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2022, so selling him now would make a lot of financial sense, rather than continuing to pay his hefty wages before letting him go on a free transfer at the end of next season.