Bye bye Gunn: Signing 6’3 powerhouse will be final nail in £13.5m Saints man’s coffin – opinion

Southampton are currently keeping their eye on Accrington Stanley shot-stopper Toby Savin as they head into the January window. According to soccer Insider, the Saints are keen on the rising star and have already planned to line up an offer for his services.

The England youth international only recently penned a new three-year deal with the League One side, but there’s no doubt that he would be extremely tempted by Premier League soccer. Indeed, moving to the south coast would also do wonders for Savin’s growth, learning from first choice goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and veteran Fraser Forster.

With no Transfermarkt value yet, the Saints could strike a very cheap deal for the 20-year-old who could become one for the future at St Mary’s. However, it would likely spell the end of Angus Gunn’s time with the club.

Bad news for Gunn

The Norwich-born ‘keeper signed for Southampton two years ago for a fee of £13.5million, an amount the club will be wishing they hadn’t spent.

Gunn has had far from the dream start with the Saints, making just 22 Premier League appearances since 2018 and conceding a worrying 43 goals in those games (via Transfermarkt). It seems already as though he is not part of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans moving forward, after he was shipped out on loan to Stoke City this summer.

He made his Potters debut on Tuesday against Swansea City and was hauled off the pitch at half-time after conceding their first goal of the day. His start to life in the Championship is also not exactly how he had planned.

Contrastingly, 20-year-old Savin has proven himself to be a strong character in between the sticks. The 6 ft 3 powerhouse has an average of 3.7 saves per match so far after his most recent display against Fleetwood Town saw him make an impressive six.

The youngster has also made four high claims in his last three appearances and has shown he is comfortable making important saves from inside the box (via Sofascore). Having already proved his ability to work under pressure, he could be a very fine signing for Hasenhuttl, who is looking to keep Southampton on their winning streak.

Adding a young goalkeeper to the ranks as someone to build and rely on in the future would be very smart January business for the Saints, but it would likely spell the end of the disappointing Gunn.

In other news, Southampton missed out on potential Che Adams upgrade in Darwin Nunez…

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