McCarthy explains Southampton switch, but writing was on the wall

Crystal Palace's Alex McCarthy

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has left for Southampton after making just seven first-team appearences for Alan Pardew's side.

Crystal Palace's Alex McCarthy

New Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy says the club’s stature inspired his arrival from Crystal Palace, according to the Evening Standard.

The 26-year-old signed a three-year deal with Claude Puel’s side and is expected to provide back-up for England international Fraser Forster after fellow goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga joined Rayo Vallecano on a season-long loan.

McCarthy featured just seven times in the Premier League for Crystal Palace last season as Wales international Wayne Hennessey (below) cemented his place between the sticks for Alan Pardew’s side, but is hopeful Southampton’s European exploits will provide him with more game time.

Wales' Wayne Hennessey

“With the stature of the club, I'm honoured to be here and I'm looking forward to getting to work with everyone,” McCarthy told Southampton’s official website.

“There's the Europa League to look forward to this season, so there's going to be a lot of games.”

McCarthy spent a single season at Selhurst Park after arriving from QPR last summer, impressing in a 2-1 victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in late-August.

However, he was dropped from the first-team for six months after conceding a late Heung-Min Son (below) winner against Tottenham in September. 

Son Heung Min celebrates scoring the first goal for Tottenham Hotspur

"Our goalkeeper should stop it,” Pardew told Sky Sports after the game.

"(McCarthy is) unlucky because (Son) hits it hard, but I think he would still want to save that and I'd want him to save it."

McCarthy, who represented the England Under-21s on three occasions between 2010 and 2011, saw his chances of regaining his starting place reduced even further with the arrival of France international goalkeeper Steve Mandanda from Marseille earlier this summer.

Steve Mandanda

The 31-year-old free agent was named Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year at the end of last season despite L’OM finishing in a dismal 13th place.

It was the fourth time the veteran keeper has won the accolade.

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