Last weekend we ran a story on Southampton FC making their five biggest signings for next season already with the renewal of five of their main assets contracts; tying down the likes of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw’s long term futures to St Marys.
Now Mauricio Pochettino has given the go-ahead for Nicola Cortese to offer Polish stopper Artur Boruc a new two-year-deal at the club as a reward for his excellent recent form.
At the start of the season the goalkeeping situation at Southampton quickly became dyer. Kelvin Davis; their stalwart custodian for the previous two seasons seemed to tip over the peak of his talents with some poor performances at the start of the campaign.
Young Argentine stopper Paolo Gazzaniga was given his chance in between the sticks and despite glimpses of talent his naivety also cost Southampton on to many occasions.
Therefore Boruc was brought in. A free agent after his summer release by Fiorentina he arrived at the club in shabby condition. Overweight and unfit he struggled at first and his penchant for controversy reared its head after he threw a water bottle at a fan after apparent ‘racist insults’ were directed his way.
However since then the 33-year-old has looked back to his Celtic best with a string of impressive performances in goal for The Saints.
Such form has earned him back the number one spot for Poland and his example can be followed by a couple of compatriots at Arsenal FC.
So what can Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski learn from their countryman?
For Szczesny he can learn a thing or two in regards to his playing style. Goalkeeping in Poland is an art-form and part of the style is to appear relaxed and unflustered at all times. Polish goalkeepers take pride in their brave approach; clear from Fabianski’s need to come for everything.
Boruc however has these traits in perfect unison whereas right now Fabianski may be to brave while Szczesny is far too relaxed; in fact he has even been described as cocky in some quarters.
Fabianski however needs to take heart from Boruc’s return to form; as he looks likely to leave the club this summer. A free agent in June it seemed his recent form may have saved him from unemployment. But a cracked rib leaves him out of action indefinitely and with his previous history of injury issues Arsenal are likely to let him go this summer.
But he can look to Boruc for inspiration at how quickly he can turn it all back around after the Southampton stopper made himself the number one Pole in the Premier League.
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