22 July 2024

Meet Gavin Bazunu, the Southampton keeper with a secret weapon

Gavin Bazunu, the goalie for Southampton, has had difficulties ever since joining the team.

Gavin Bazunu, the goalkeeper for Southampton, has had a challenging start to his career at St. Mary’s, but his age and the increase in competition shouldn’t be entirely blamed for his bad results.
Bazunu suffered last season, as evidenced by his low save percentage, clean sheet percentage, shots on target faced, and goals conceded rankings.
Although Bazunu has also had a difficult start to the Championship this year, Southampton’s defense has been weak, thus not all of the goals allowed can be attributed to him. Russell Martin, the manager, has defended Bazunu in the face of criticism and thinks he has the ability to develop into one of the division’s top goalkeepers.

Southampton goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu hasn’t had the best start to life at St Mary’s, but journalist Dean Jones has told GIVEMESPORT that he isn’t fully to blame for multiple reasons.

The Republic of Ireland international has a lot of weight on his shoulders for a young goalkeeper.

Southampton news – Gavin Bazunu

Meet Gavin Bazunu, the Southampton keeper with a secret weapon

Bazunu signed for the Saints for a fee which could total £15m from Premier League side Manchester City last summer, as per The Athletic. It was a difficult first campaign in England’s top flight for Bazunu, who spent the previous season on loan at League One Portsmouth. Bazunu was comfortably one of the worst-performing goalkeepers in the league

last term, and it’s not a huge surprise considering his age and the step up in standard from League One to the Premier League.

It’s been a difficult start to the campaign for Bazunu in the Championship, too. The 21-year-old has only saved 50% of shots faced, ranking him 22nd in the league. The Saints travelled to Sunderland before the international break, with the Black Cats putting five past Russell Martin’s side. However, all five goals certainly weren’t Bazunu’s fault, but to concede that many goals is certainly humiliating for a young goalkeeper.

Jones previously told GIVEMESPORT that Southampton’s second-choice goalkeeper Alex McCarthy will be expecting to replace Bazunu in the starting XI after a disappointing start to the campaign for the young stopper. Saints lost a host of players during the summer transfer window, so there were bound to be difficulties under a new regime with Martin.

The Saints boss came to Bazunu’s defence in August when speaking at the BBC Solent Fans’ Forum…

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