Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has made some big decisions since he first arrived at St Mary’s Stadium and he’s rightly judging players on what they are giving him now, not necessarily what they have shown before and one of the casualties of that has been goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, as summer signing and former Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn now holds the shirt.
With McCarthy’s stock rising quickly when he replaced Fraser Forster, his form even saw him involved in international action, but following the Cardiff City defeat, 23-year-old Gunn has been given a run.
Speaking to Sky Sports this week, the highly rated young stopper spoke of his confidence at cementing himself between the sticks now having broken through in recent times.
“I’ve played the last four or five games in the league and picked up a good amount of points and I feel quite settled. I always believed in myself and I’m more than confident to keep my place and hopefully we can keep claiming clean sheets and winning games. I’m just happy we’re picking up results now and hopefully we can finish on a high.”
Having been patient initially, Gunn has certainly taken his chance keeping three clean sheets in six games as we continue to eek ourselves away from the relegation zone and there’s certainly nothing wrong with healthy competition.