Former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer sees absolutely no reason why Southampton won’t offer Fraser Forster a new contract.
The 6 ft 7 goalkeeper is set to become a free agent this summer, with his current deal at St Mary’s Stadium running out at the end of the season.
What’s the latest news involving Forster?
Having started the campaign as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s second-choice keeper, all roads were pointing towards the 31-year-old leaving at the end of the season.
However, an injury to Alex McCarthy just before Christmas has given Forster the chance to showcase his talent, and he’s grasped it with both hands.
Including the FA Cup tie at Swansea in early January, Southampton have lost just twice with the £90,000-per-week stopper back in the side, which has included games against West Ham, Spurs, Manchester City and Manchester United.
According to WhoScored, he’s been Saints’ eighth-best player in the Premier League although that perhaps doesn’t do his recent form justice, with his return to the XI coinciding with Southampton’s best league run for some time.
According to The Athletic, Forster wants to stay on the South Coast and has been offered a new contract, although on reduced terms, and Palmer reckons that nothing is stopping Southampton from keeping him.
What did Palmer say about Forster?
He told GIVMESPORT: “He’s played the last eight games and Fraser is playing well.
“He’s not old for a goalkeeper, so, if he keeps on playing and he’s the number one until the end of the season, I see no reason why they wouldn’t renew his contract.”
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Should Southampton keep Forster?
While it’s been an up and down few years for Forster, should his form continue for the rest of the season, it would be harsh if he wasn’t rewarded with a new deal.
But Forster has proven himself at Premier League level for a number of years and is not someone that Saints should be in a hurry to get off their books, especially with Willy Caballero and McCarthy also both out of contract.
Requiring a completely new goalkeeping department could be seen as a risk, so it might be wise for Hasenhuttl to keep Forster.