£10m ex-Celtic ace ahead of resurgent Liverpool goalkeeper

Emilio Izzaguirre, Fraser Forster

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster, a summer signing from Celtic, has more clean sheets than any other player in the Premier League this season.

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster has more clean sheets than any other player in his position in the Premier League this season.

It is the result of the Saints' solid defensive play instilled by new boss Ronald Koeman, which sees them head into-mid March as credible challengers to finish in the Champions League qualifying spots.

The closest player to him is resurgent Liverpool stopper Simon Mignolet, who has bounced back from being dropped by Brendan Rodgers earlier in the season for Brad Jones.

Mignolet even equalled a record this week, becoming the first Liverpool goalkeeper since 1972 to keep six clean sheets in a row away from home.

Yet not even his heroics, nor the much discussed performances of Manchester United's David de Gea, have proved as effective as Fraser Forster.

Forster left Scottish champions Celtic in the summer for a fee reported by The BBC to be £10 million, and already he looks like one of the signings of the season.

When the Premier League team of the season awards are doled out next month, expect David de Gea to pick up the plaudits, largely thanks to his profile and the publicity surrounding his superb performances this season.

But Forster deserves a shout too, and his form could even see him threaten Manchester City's Joe Hart for the upcoming England internationals.

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