Ronald Koeman says Fraser Forster’s return was the sort of boost Southampton needed to ignite their season.
Saints enjoyed a fantastic second half of the season, with Forster returning from a ten-month injury lay-off to help Koeman’s men seal a sixth-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League.
And Koeman felt as though the return of the goalkeeper, who would go on to reach 708 minutes without conceding and set a new club record in the process, was a key moment in the season.
“It’s no doubt about that, because that was a big sign after ten months,” Koeman told youtube.com/southamptonfc. “Of course, Maarten [Stekelenburg] did a good job before.
“But Fraser is Fraser Forster and he’s one of the best goalkeepers. He showed straight away when he was back the qualities he has.
“That was a big impact for the team, not only on the pitch but about the confidence for the defenders and that was great to see.
“It was one of the key points in that time to make it different than it was before January.”