This weekend could finally see Vegard Forren get his first start for Southampton since his January transfer from Molde when The Saints travel to Norwich. The Norwegian international may be brought in after the returning Jose Fonte and Maya Yoshida both struggled against QPR last weekend.
Since arriving at St Marys for £4.2 million on the same day as Nigel Adkins was sacked as boss the 24-year-old has struggled with fitness troubles related to a niggling injury and the unusual scheduling of the Norwegian season.
Now he has finally become acclimatised to English football and considering the list of clubs who were after him bringing him into the side could be a huge benefit in Mauricio Pochettino’s relegation battle. Everton, Fulham and Liverpool were all very interested in the talented international and Liverpool were very close to bringing him to Anfield themselves.
He was believed to be on his way to Melwood to start a trial period with Brendan Rodgers’ side before deciding against that plan and heading to the south-coast to sign on the dotted line for Southampton the very same day.
This week Forren finally managed to get some quality football under his belt when he was one of the over-age players used in Southampton’s under-21 game on Monday; against Liverpool!
In some ironic twist Forren therefore had to make his English football debut against the team he essentially rejected just months earlier.
But if you thought that might faze him you should probably think again; because he thundered in a volley to open the scoring in Hampshire. In the end the game finished 1-1 after Krisztian Adorjan headed home Jonjo Shelvey’s cross in the 76th minute but it really seems Forren has it in for Liverpool.
Do you think Forren should start at Carrow Road?
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