Divine Intervention? Enter the Holy Goalie...

Posted by chrisrann

It might be the toughest job in football at the moment. No, I'm not talking about John Terry's PR manager, but being Saints' goalkeeper.

Paolo Gazzaniga has started the last three games after questions were raised over Kelvin Davis' performances at the start of the season, and now the Argentine himself has faced some criticism after the defeat at Everton. I didn't think he did badly if I'm honest. We have to remember he is young, and while his positioning might not always be perfect, he made some very good saves, and in the face of a ruthless Everton side.

Making his debut for the uber confusing Under-21 side (he is 32) Artur Boruc is waiting in the wings. You have to assume he was signed to be first choice, and that his fitness is being assessed after a few months without football, but I get the feeling he will take Gazzaniga's place on Saturday.

Let's face it, he is the man with the CV. Having played in the Champions League, the World Cup and Serie A, Boruc has the experience to take on the task. What we have to escape though is the worrying blame culture that has developed with a run of poor results. We have to let Boruc settle in, and not make a fuss if he concedes one that we think he should have done better with.

I am informed by Celtic fans that in Boruc we have a very good keeper (his Serie A clean sheet record would confirm this) and that if we embrace him as our own we have someone who will bleed for the cause.

It is rather fitting that a man nicknamed the 'Holy Goalie' due to his devotion to his religion would become a Saint, is he the saviour of Southampton's season? Time will tell.

When we look back at previous times of struggle in the Premier League, our goalkeepers were of paramount importance, Tim Flowers and Antti Niemi saved countless points for us, and it was no coincidence that they did so with the backing of the crowd.

Confidence is so crucial to a goalkeeper, so whoever starts between the sticks, let's show them that we've got their backs. The blame game will only lead us one way. Down.

Keep the Faith.

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