Dunne backs Gav to make it big time

by Jonny Stapleton
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Richard Dunne believes Dublin’s Gavin Bazuna could prove to be one of the most influential Premier League signings of the season.

The 20-year-old netminder made a £12 million switch from Manchester City to Southampton over the summer and has begun life as a Premier League Number 1 on the south coast.

The move hasn’t garnered anywhere near as much attention as the likes of Darwin Nunez’s to Liverpool or Erling Haaland or to champions Manchester City.

However, Dunne believes the keeper who debuted for Shamrock Rovers as a 16-year-old could prove as important for his new team as the aforementioned superstars will for theirs. The former Irish stalwart believes the current Irish international will help stem the flow of goals against a side that finished 15th last term with a goal difference of -24.  

“They’ve signed a young Irish goalkeeper Bazunu for 17 million, who had a great time at Portsmouth last year but repeating it in the Premier League, he’s done it for Ireland internationally, but if he has a good season that could really boost them because they tend to concede a lot of goals,” he said when speaking to the Betway Digital PR team.

16 November 2018; Republic of Ireland assistant coach Richard Dunne prior to the U16 Victory Shield match between Republic of Ireland and Scotland at Mounthawk Park in Tralee, Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Clean sheets have already proved hard to come by for the player who stood out at Portsmouth last season, he’s conceded six in two games although blame hasn’t been placed at his door for any.

Speaking about the season in general one of Tallaght’s favourite sons backed Man City, a club he won Player of the Year at four years running, to retain the title.

“I think Liverpool are looking at it and going: ‘hopefully, hopefully they take their eye off the ball a little bit Man City’ but they don’t”

“Man City are relentless. They keep going and I fancy them to win the league again, he said.

“(City have) top players already. And then you add in Erling Haaland, he’s got 135 goals in his last 138 games, or something stupid like that since he’s gone to Salzburg I don’t think Nunez is going to have the same impact as Haaland.”

Dubliner Gavin Bazunu has been tipped for big things by former Ireland captain Richard Dunne

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