Adkins keeps faith with goalkeepers

Saints keepers
Both Kelvin Davis (right) and Paulo Gazzaniga have been guilty of errors in the Saints goal this season. Photo: PA

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins plans to bring in new faces this month but has ruled out signing another goalkeeper.

After a tough start to life back in the Premier League, Saints at last seem to have acclimatised to top-flight football.

Their impressive 1-1 draw with Arsenal on New Year's Day epitomised that, although questions continue over the club's goalkeepers.

Kelvin Davis, Paulo Gazzaniga and Artur Boruc have all started this season, with all three guilty of notable errors.

However, Adkins, himself a former goalkeeper, has vowed to stand by them, ending talk of a move for Birmingham's Jack Butland or Blackburn's Paul Robinson.

"We have a young goalkeeper in Paulo Gazzaniga, who is going to be the future of this football club," Adkins said. "We have two experienced goalkeepers in Kelvin Davis and Artur Boruc.

"They are the three goalkeepers we've got now and I do not anticipate another goalkeeper coming in during this window."

Adkins is still looking to strengthen his squad this month, with Cagliari defender Davide Astori among those linked with a move to St Mary's.

"I think you've always got to improve," Adkins said. "You can't stand still. Whatever we've done in the past is in the past. We've got to keep looking at the future.

"We've got to keep moving forward, moving on and everyone has got to keep striving to do that.

"We've had our recruitment meeting well before the January window has opened.

"We have a good recruitment department, we have targeted several players, we have had conversations about availability and non-availability.

"I would like to think that during the course of the window a couple of people will be coming in."

Adkins also expects a number of squad players to leave for pastures new, but highly-rated teenager Luke Shaw will not be among them.

Reports suggested Arsenal officials planned to use Tuesday's trip to St Mary's to open negotiations over the 17-year-old left-back.

But asked if Gunners counterpart Arsene Wenger had mentioned anything about Shaw after the game, Adkins said: "No, he didn't say anything.

"As I have said before, Luke is better playing for Southampton Football Club, where he is being nurtured and looked after.

"He is still only 17 and playing in the Premier League, where he is getting an opportunity to flourish, to make some mistakes and to keep kicking on.

"We have a good culture here. He is under contract, we are not looking to let him go.

"This is best place for him at this point in his career. He has a big, big future in the game, which he demonstrated with his performance against Arsenal the other night.

"If anyone wants to try and do business, all the best dealing with the chairman."

Adkins was speaking ahead of the FA Cup third-round tie with holders Chelsea on Saturday.

Adam Lallana remains out with a knee injury, although Nathaniel Clyne could come into contention and Gaston Ramirez is available after sustaining a dead leg against Arsenal.

Emmanuel Mayuka is also available before leaving for African Nations Cup duty with Zambia in a game in which Adkins is planning to name a stronger line-up than used in the Capital One Cup.

"The Capital One Cup was a great opportunity to play some of the younger players, who have now gone on to play for us in the Premier League," he said.

"I want to go and win the game against Chelsea, but I also have to be mindful that we have had a run of fixtures that are very close together.

"I have to make sure we arrive on the pitch on Saturday full of energy and not risking anyone picking up a serious injury."