Fraser Forster started off his career with his local team Newcastle United. However, he failed to break into the squad there, being kept out of the first-team action by Steve Harper and then Tim Krul. After spending time on loan at several English lower league clubs – including Norwich, who he helped to win League 1 – Forster spent two seasons on loan at Celtic where he quickly established himself as first-choice.
Despite a string of impressive performances during that time Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said that he wasn’t playing at a high-enough level to prove his ability and Forster was allowed to join the Scottish champions in the summer for £2m. During the first-half of this season he has made his Champions League debut and earned plaudits for his highly impressive performances. In February he became the first English keeper to play in the Last 16 of Europe’s premier tournament – the UEFA Champions League – since David Seaman.
This has launched him onto the radar of England manager Roy Hodgson and Forster has earned several call-ups to the squad and is now believed to be the second-choice keeper behind Joe Hart. But is it now time for Forster to be promoted to the Number 1 spot?
Here’s four reasons why he should be:
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This article was first posted on March 22, 2013