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Fraser Forster

  • Fraser Forster
  • Age28
  • Apps54
  • Contract2021/06/30
  • Height6ft 7in (2.01m)
  • PositionGoalkeeper

Fraser Forster signed for Southampton on 9 August 2014 for a fee believed to be around £10 million.

Forster made his Premier League debut on 17 August in Southampton’s first game of the season, a 2–1 defeat away at Liverpool.

By mid October, and after eight league games, Forster had kept four clean sheets and conceded only five goals; at that time the best defensive record in the Premier League.

By 7 February 2015, another clean sheet in a 1–0 win away at Queens Park Rangers saw Southampton move up to third place in the league. The match was his eleventh clean sheet in the Premier League, the best record among top-flight keepers over the course of the season at that point.

Bad injury

On 21 March 2015, in a game against Burnley, Forster suffered a severe knee injury after clearing a back pass and was escorted off the pitch by medics, and replaced by Kelvin Davis.

Koeman said Forster’s injury was “looking bad” and that the doctors were “not positive”. Up to this point, he had been ever-present for Southampton throughout the season and kept the most clean sheets in the league.

Four days later, Southampton confirmed Forster’s injury to be a broken kneecap and that he would be out for the remainder of the season.

Recovery

Although initially expected to be out for up to a year, Forster resumed light training in November 2015. Manager Ronald Koeman commented, “Everybody [at Southampton] is happy with how he is and that he’s recovering well.”

He made his Premier League return on 13 January 2016, playing the full 90 minutes and keeping a clean sheet in Southampton’s 2–0 win over Watford.

Impressive performance

Forster’s performance at Arsenal on 2 February 2016 in his fourth game back from injury was highly impressive and drew plaudits from many.

The Gunners dominated the match, and had 11 shots on target as opposed to Southampton’s three. Forster pulled off a string of saves in what The Daily Telegraph described as a “genuinely inspired goalkeeping performance”.

After the match, Koeman praised his goalkeeper, hailing his performance as “magic” and describing him as “one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and maybe in Europe”.

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger also acknowledged Forster’s showing, saying “He had a brilliant game”.

Clean sheet record

On 13 February, Forster recorded his sixth consecutive clean sheet in a 1–0 win over Swansea, a run which helped Southampton rise from thirteenth up to sixth place in the Premier League since his return from injury.

His clean sheet run lasted a club record 708 minutes until he was beaten by Cesc Fàbregas in a 1–2 home loss to Chelsea on 27 February.

On 13 May, he signed a new contract until 2021.


Further reading: Wikipedia