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End of Season Player Review: Paulo Gazzaniga

Fairly impressive in his two Premier League matches this season, we look at the future for Paulo Gazzaniga.

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When you take a look at Paulo Gazzaniga's stats, though it is a small sample size, it doesn't look bad, and that's just what Paulo is, not bad. Paulo played two games in December, a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace, and a 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.

Many would say that his game against Palace was impressive. Gazzaniga made several saves to keep Palace from scoring more. He also wasn't helped out by the attacking players, who scored 0 goals while he was in net.

In two games, Paulo kept a save percentage of close to 73%, which is only 2% lower than Saints #1 keeper, Fraser Forster. Again, small sample size, but if Paulo is able to keep that form through more games, he could really be a talent.

Unfortunately for Gazzaniga, it is looking like Maarten Stekelenburg will sign on with the club on a permanent deal, leaving the 24 year old a little out of the loop. Paulo Gazzaniga, in my opinion, has a decent future ahead of him, however, that future may lie elsewhere.

Gazza may at the very least need a loan deal, but it also depends if Saints bring anyone else in at the keeper position. Currently, there are three keepers, and Paulo is third-choice, so he could still see some time in the cups.


Summary: It is almost unfair to give Paulo Gazzaniga anything other than an average grade at worst, mainly due to lack of appearances. Paulo has looked a lot better this season, making many saves and putting in strong performances with the U-21s, and looking fairly confident with the first team. Paulo is a good kepper, especially for one that is a third-choice. If he is comfortable with only a handful of appearances in a season, then I am happy he is here. However, if he wants regular football, it may be time to look elsewhere.