Angus Gunn’s poor display against Chelsea at the weekend has led to calls from plenty of Southampton fans to see Alex McCarthy back in the starting line-up.
The 23-year-old struggled in the 4-1 defeat to the Blues on Sunday afternoon and was notably criticised for his failure to cope with Tammy Abraham’s opening goal of the game.
Gunn has now conceded 15 goals in the Premier League this season – only Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has seen more put past him – and these fans think it’s time for a change between the sticks…
Twitter: McCarthy needs to play next game, Gunn has let in some shockers this season #saintsfc (@ObafemiTings)
Twitter: After watching the highlights I have decided that McCarthy 1 million% needs to start over Gunn. He’s just not good… https://t.co/7sfGQ9mdZ2 (@ewanwhite1999)
Twitter: Give McCarthy a run of games, show him that mistakes have consequences and no ones place in the team is guaranteed #SaintsFC (@LewKegg)
Twitter: McCarthy needs to be on at half time and Gunn’s contracted terminated along with the idiot who scouted him #SaintsFC (@gilchrd)
Read Southampton’s verdict
McCarthy is not without his faults, but with Southampton in a real rut at the moment, it would probably be wise for Ralph Hasenhuttl to make a change.
Gunn has made errors against Bournemouth, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea now, and taking him out of the firing line will be just as important as ensuring that Saints have a dependable presence in goal once again.
He still has the potential to become a good goalkeeper, but Hasenhuttl can’t afford to run the risk of playing him while he’s in such a poor run of form. McCarthy should come back in.