Goalkeeper Fraser Forster was not even on the bench as Southampton beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in the Premier League last weekend.
Fraser Forster has gone from Southampton’s number one goalkeeper and an England squad regular to a Premier League forgotten man almost in the blink of an eye.
He lost his place in the Saints’ starting XI midway through last season after a difficult run of form, culminating in a five-goal thrashing at Tottenham Hotspur on Boxing Day. And, just a month into the 2018/19 season, he has fallen even further down the pecking order at St Mary’s.
Forster was not even on the bench for Southampton’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace last Saturday and it seems that he is now third choice behind Alex McCarthy and summer signing Angus Gunn.
According to the Mirror (7 September, page 60), he rejected a loan move to Turkey during the summer transfer window. Time will tell whether he regrets that decision but he almost certainly should.
Rather like Loris Karius, who joined Besiktas after that horror show in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat in May, Forster appears to have been replaced at his club and has little chance of regular Premier League football over the coming months.
The former Celtic and Newcastle ‘keeper is picking up £95,000 a week, the Mirror adds, but that should not ease the pain of his dramatic fall from grace.