Why Paul Robinson is right about Fraser Forster still being Premier League quality

By John McGinley

November 13, 2019

Former Premier League star Paul Robinson has tipped Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster to return to the English top-flight and make an impact, The Daily Echo report.

Forster is enjoying excellent form at the start of the 2019/20 season, following a loan switch from Southampton.

He’s helped the Hoops forge a path at the top of the Scottish Premiership table and qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League with two games to spare.

Robinson, who was a regular in the Premier League for years with Leeds and Tottenham Hotspur, while winning dozens of caps with England, thinks that the 31-year-old still has time to enjoy a spell in the division.

As quoted by The Daily Echo, he said: “Fraser Forster could still more than do a job in the Premier League because of the level of performance he got himself to when he got in the England squad.

“He’s still of an age where he can come back. I don’t know what his thoughts are.

“If I was him I’d be thinking, ‘I’ve got a couple of years up at Celtic, get in the team, play well and then I can come back finish my career in the Premier League’.”

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Italian jobs show Forster is still elite

When Forster returned to Celtic in the summer there were certainly question marks about his ability to still play at the top level. He had played just one match for Southampton the season prior and made their bench just a handful of times.

He quickly found his feet after being reunited with Neil Lennon and by the time the Lazio doubleheader came around he was ready to grow what is an increasingly iconic reputation amongst the Celtic support.

Forster made ten saves against the Italians across two matches (WhoScored), some of which were certainly game saving.

His last-ditch parry of a fierce Danilo Cataldi shot in particular stood out. Against many goalkeepers that effort would likely have sailed in, rescuing a point for the Italians.

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After the second leg, during which he saved superbly twice from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic headers, he gained praise from the opposition. Midfielder Marco Parolo described his performance as ‘decisive’ to Tuttomercatoweb.

It calls to mind the huge media praise he received in the wake of a defining victory over Barcelona back in 2012.

Lazio are a third-placed Serie A side, so it all suggests that Forster is still more than capable of Premier League level performances.

Robinson is certainly right in that regard, but let’s hope he’s wrong about Forster’s potential ambitions. It’d be fantastic to see him sign at Celtic Park permanently and be our great wall between the sticks for years to come.