Oriol Romeu talks up Fraser Forster's credentials after Southampton 'keeper's display against Arsenal

Forster has shown his importance to Southampton after returning from a lengthy knee injury.

Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu has tipped goalkeeper Fraser Forster to become the best goalkeeper in the world after a fine display during the Saints' 0-0 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium

Forster produced a string of fine saves to frustrate the Gunners, meaning it is four clean sheets on the bounce for Ronald Koeman's side, and Forster's return from a knee injury has coincided with an upturn in form for the Saints which has seen them rise to seventh in the Premier League table.

Romeu is quoted in the Southern Daily Echo, saying: “If he plays every game like this, he’s going to be one of the best in the world –no doubt. We’ll see how he goes, but today he was amazing.

“Fraser has had good very games [since his comeback] and has showed that again.

“I’m happy for him because after long- term injury it’s difficult to come back and have those feelings back. So it’s good and I’m very pleased to see him back in the team.”

Certainly, Forster's importance to the side has become more prominent in recent games. After being sidelined through a serious knee injury, the sudden upturn in form on his return to the side speaks volumes for the side - and that is no disrespect to Maarten Stekelenburg.

The defence in front of him seems a lot more assured and even when they are breached Forster has been on hand to bail them out.

Whether he can become the best in the world is another matter entirely but he's probably on the cusp of being categorised in the top bracket of goalkeepers in the Premier League. 

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