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Southampton Fans Already Blown Away By Gavin Bazunu After Stunning Save In Debut

Southampton Fans Already Blown Away By Gavin Bazunu After Stunning Save In Debut
By Gary Connaughton Updated

Ireland fans know all about the quality of Gavin Bazunu. The goalkeeper has been absolutely exemplary during every appearance he has made at international level, making some stunning saves along the way.

Playing at Portsmouth in League One last season, it quickly became clear that he was far too good for that level. That always made this summer a very interesting one as the Dubliner decided on his next move.

That would ultimately be a permanent transfer from Manchester City to Southampton, where Bazunu should get the opportunity to establish himself as a Premier League no. 1. He will be competing with Alex McCarthy for that position, but judging by the reaction to his debut this afternoon, it won't be long before he makes that spot his own.

Gavin Bazunu makes Southampton debut

Gavin Bazunu made his debut for Southampton this afternoon, starting in their friendly against RB Leipzig.

While it can be difficult to judge a player in such fixtures, the goalkeeper's talent became immediately obvious. He made an absolutely remarkable save inside the opening ten minutes to keep his side on level terms.

He was impressive throughout the opening 45 minutes, with his distribution as well as his shot-stopping ability catching the eye as he kept a clean sheet.

As is custom during pre-season, Bazunu was taken off at halftime to give Alex McCarthy some playing time..

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It certainly seems as though he impressed the Southampton fans during his time on the pitch.

Quite the reaction.

Incidentally, Alex McCarthy would concede a matter of minutes after coming on.

Fraser Forster finished the season as Southampton's first choice goalkeeper, since moving on to Spurs this summer. Considering the fact that McCarthy could not get into the team for much of the previous campaign, it would be a huge surprise were Gavin Bazunu not to quickly establish himself as the no. 1 at St Mary's.

That is certainly good news for Stephen Kenny and Ireland supporters, with Bournemouth's Mark Travers also set to act as a first choice goalkeeper in the division in the months ahead.

SEE ALSO: Club Hoping to Tempt Dara O'Shea Away From West Brom This Summer

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