ANGUS GUNN has faced Manchester City’s all-star firing squad on a daily basis — and the memories are painful.
The keeper, who moved from City to Southampton for £13.5million, could therefore sympathise with Rotherham’s Marek Rodak and Bradley Collins of Burton, who suffered respective 7-0 and 9-0 batterings at the Etihad this week.
Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun5 Angus Gunn admits the memories of facing Manchester City's firing squad are still painful
Gunn, though, believes City’s training- ground target practice has made him a better goalkeeper.
Under new Saints boss Ralf Hasenhuettl, the England Under-21s prospect impressed on his Premier League debut in a 0-0 draw at Chelsea on January 2.
And he is expected to keep his place as the team travel to Leicester today.
Gunn joined Saints from City in July after spending last season on loan at boyhood club Norwich.
Manchester City FC – Getty5 The starlet believes the training ground target practice at City was huge for his development
Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun5 Gunn left the Etihad last summer to join Southampton in a £13.5m deal
But Gunn admits his steepest learning curve came in Pep Guardiola’s first season at City when he was a member of the senior squad.
Speaking after his former team destroyed Burton 9-0 in the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, Gunn said: “It is never nice as a keeper to be on the end of that kind of result. They faced 14 shots and conceded nine so City’s finishing was quality.
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“Their keeper was pretty down after the game and I saw Guardiola go over to him, which was a big show of respect.
“I know what it’s like. Some days in training I felt I could not get near anything. It could be frustrating as the speed of their shots was unbelievable. That was a big part in my development, a season training there.
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“To be honest, Sergio Aguero is pretty chilled in training. It is not the same sort of Aguero you see in games.
“Quality-wise Kevin De Bruyne was amazing. He would pick my top corners for fun. But the players are all top quality. At the time Aleksandar Kolarov was there and his strike is ridiculous.
“You did not want to get in the way of it. If he sees the keeper, he thinks, ‘Well, I will just try and kill him’.
“It is a bit like Charlie Austin here at Southampton. Every time a shot comes he just wants to hurt the keeper — it is not a nice place to be.”
Gunn joined City from Norwich at 15 and feels this season was the right time to leave in the search for regular top-flight football.
Getty5 Angus Gunn was surprisingly handed his Premier League debut at Chelsea on January 2
Getty Images5 The stopper shone as he kept a clean sheet against the Blues
He is one of a number of young stars including Jadon Sancho, 18, and this week, Brahim Diaz, 19, to leave City.
Gunn, 22, added: “I was on the bench for three Champions League games and some other first-team matches.
“I was gutted I did not get that one appearance just to have it on my CV but never mind. I understand why people leave. You only have to look at the Man City team and see the quality they have, so you know it will be very difficult.
“Most of the deals City now do, they cover their backs and make sure there is a buy-back clause so there is always an opportunity to go back. It is not a nice thing to leave anywhere but for your career it is necessary.
“Before the end of last season, from doing all right in the Championship and playing at Norwich, there were teams who were interested.
“I had my medical at Southampton the same day I was supposed to be back at City so I did not get to say goodbye.
“It was the right time to move. Mark Hughes was Saints boss at the time. He lived two minutes from where I was up north in Alderley Edge so I went to his house and had a casual chat.”