Celtic loanee Fraser Forster has two improvements to make before extending his stay.
The England international is at the Hoops until the end of the season from Southampton. He is predictably first choice and has saved the team so many times especially in Europe.
Forster isn’t keeping it a secret that he may be up for an extended stay with the Hoops. However, there are certain areas where he must brush up on if he wants to continue his run with Celtic.
Fraser Forster needing to improve two weaknesses
The 31-year-old is a firm fan favourite due to his career changing performances in his first spell.
He kept the Hoops consistently in the Champions League and has won everything at the club. This attracted Southampton who bought him for a reported £10 million in 2014 where he got an England cap.
Despite his top performances on his return, there are two things that haven’t really changed with Forster. His kicking is something that’s a glaringly obvious weakness to his game. Motherwell manager Steven Robinson clearly knew that and tried to press him anytime he got the ball.
Fortunately, he wasn’t punished but a greater team will do so if he isn’t careful.
Forster himself also knows this, halts himself before picking out an option that doesn’t involve him kicking the ball.
Alternatively, the likes of Scott Bain excel at this part of the game, even if he isn’t as good a shot stopper as Forster.
Englishman needs to use his frame to advantage
A lesser known disadvantage is his ability to claim the ball from a cross into the box. The Lazio game was probably the best example to prove this is an element of Forster’s game that needs improved.
Forster clearly isn’t confident enough to come out and try and clear the ball from his area. He is usually static and allows the defenders to do his job for him.
In the rare times he does tip-toe off his line, then he shows why he doesn’t come out more often. He doesn’t look calm or assured and appears not to want to get into any potential dangerous situation. There were elements in the Lazio and Motherwell game that were mistimed and hardly commanding.
Forster is a quality keeper and shot stopper – everyone knows that. However, there is room for improvement, and if he has eyes on an England recall, these issues must be sorted.