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Ralph Hassenhuttl believes young shot stopper Angus Gunn has what it takes to make it to the top, despite a nervy end to the season.
The former Norwich man, who followed in the footsteps of his father when turning out for the Canaries has established himself as Southamptons first choice goalkeeper since January, ousting Alex McCarthy from between the sticks.
He played a key role in preventing his side from the drop as Southampton finished in 16th place, above Brighton and the relegated Cardiff City.
Saints replaced Mark Hughes with Hassenhuttl at the tail end of 2018 and the Austrian has made a huge impact at the club. He has given the young, hungry players opportunities whilst shifting out some of those who were not up to the task of a fight.
As a result, they found themselves safe before the final day, meaning there was very little pressure going into the home game against Huddersfield. Despite that, Gunn managed to miscontrol a ball and give the visiting side an easy goal as Alex Pritchard took advantage.
In the last few weeks of the season, Gunn had not been the confident, solid shot stopper he had become known as. Some fans were questioning whether he was truly up to scratch, but Hassenhuttl has praised his work ethic and desire to improve.
Speaking to PremierLeague.com, the former Ingolstadt manager said;
“Because of his history, maybe also because of his family, he has the goalkeeper blood in him. He deserved to play because he was working hard in the training sessions. If he stays developing his game and if he stays working on his weaknesses, he has a big future as a goalkeeper.”