Southampton have completed the signing of Angus Gunn from Manchester City in a deal believed to be worth an initial fee of £10m, with add-ons potentially taking the price up to £13.5m.
Gunn signs for the Saints on a five-year contract and is expected to come in to provide competition for Alex McCarthy.
To get a clearer idea of who Angus Gunn is and what he can provide Saints with in the future, we spoke to Read Norwich‘s Daniel Emery, who watched him closely at Carrow Road during his loan spell with the Canaries last season.
What are Gunn’s main strengths as a goalkeeper?
His control of the penalty area. He is superb at coming and claiming the ball in his box, whether it be from a through ball or a cross. His handling is superb and he eased the pressure off the defence on many occasions.
In which areas does he need to improve?
Perhaps his diving. He struggled with low shots and being able to get down quickly to driven strikes. He needs to work on that.
Just how important was he for Norwich last season?
Incredibly so. He kept 16 clean sheets in all competitions and was a commanding figure at the back. He breathed confidence into our defence and had a great relationship with the fans.
Is he a Premier League-standard goalkeeper?
I think so, yes. He proved that last season and when he was called up the England senior squad by Gareth Southgate.
Do you feel he is as good as or better than Alex McCarthy?
He’s not far off. It could be a case of; whoever is best in pre-season gets the nod coming into next season. McCarthy impressed for the last few months of the season but will need to prove that he can be consistent.
Do you feel he’s good value at a price of £10m and £3.5m in add-ons?
100%. Good young goalkeepers are hard to find, especially English ones, so Southampton have found themselves a bargain.