Elephant in the room could sink Southampton’s ship


Football fans love a good goalkeeping blunder, but Southampton fans won’t be happy when they see the Premier League end-of-season DVD – probably hosted by Robbie Savage and his ego – and have to sit through the ‘goalkeeping howler’ section.

Southampton have found three goalkeepers seemingly on a mission to outdo each other in terms of gaff-making this season, with Kelvin Davis, Paulo Gazzaniga and Artur Boruc all juggling the number one spot around like a game of hot potato.

On paper, the three goalkeepers in the Southampton squad are more than capable; the reality has shown this to be different. Davis and Boruc both appear to have made more blunders than they have decent saves during their respective stays in the team. While youngster Gazzaniga has shown he certainly has plenty of potential, the Argentinean has only just turned 21 and is far too wet behind the ears to handle the pressure of keeping a team in the Premier League, and has shown that in his own collection of goof ups.

While Saints fans would have been forgiven for assuming finding a new goalkeeper was high on Nigel Adkins’ ‘players I need to sign to avoid relegation and the sack’ list, the Southampton manager has ruled out adding a fourth stopper to the squad during the January transfer window, and possibly ending his team’s chances of maintaining their top flight status.

“We have a young goalkeeper in Paulo Gazzaniga, who is going to be the future of this football club. We have two experienced goalkeepers in Kelvin Davis and Artur Boruc.”

"They are the three goalkeepers we've got now and I do not anticipate another goalkeeper coming in during this window,” admitted Adkins.

Adkins’ loyalty to his current keepers could well make it easier for those who bet on football, who will now all be confident in saying Southampton appear destined for a quick return to the Championship. When looking on bet365 football betting, Southampton are a safe bet to concede more than one goal a game in the Premier League. 

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