Just when almost everyone counted out – including me – Southampton in this year’s English Premier League season, Southampton has been on the move bringing in replacements for five stars lost to Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Southampton signed defender Ryan Bertrand, midfielders Dusan Tadic and Saphir Taider and striker Graziano Pelle. Along with these four signings, Southampton will now sign Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster for a reported £10 million.
I have always liked Forster and have been shocked that it has taken this long for a team from one of the bigger leagues to snatch Forster. Forster is 26-years old, and although Forster was present on the England National team during this World Cup, Forster did not participate in the tournament.
Now the only question is whether or not Forster will start ahead of Kelvin Davis. Forster has the talent and the youth to be the club’s next featured goalie. Davis is 37, and this could be his last season at Southampton. The signing of Forster is a smart move for the club and will allow Southampton to stay in matches.
After losing five players this offseason, Ronald Koeman has been adamant that his club will need to reload in order to avoid relegation. By signing Bertrand, Tadic, Taider, Pelle and Forster, Koeman is readying his club for a fight to remain in the league. Last season, Southampton finished eighth in the Premiership and with these signings; a similar finish could be completely possible. I originally believed Southampton would finish nineteenth, but with these signings, that could prove me dead wrong.