Southampton have had their fair share of top talents in the past and could certainly do with having a few more in their side at this present moment in time.
Men like Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (just making sure we’re still writing about Southampton and not Liverpool here), Victor Wanyama, James Ward-Prowse and Yann Valery (knew there were some who hadn’t made the trip to Anfield and hopefully won’t, right?) have all been in the ranks at some point and have been huge talents.
For example, Ralph Hasenhuttl could do with adding some defensive stars to his squad right now as the Saints have been guilty of leaking goals at crucial moments in games that have cost them a number of points.
The loss of those points may not have made Soton pay as of yet, however, if it is not addressed sooner rather than later, then relegation could be a formality, despite Southampton appearing to have a squad on paper that looks too good to be sucked into a fight at the bottom, let alone be in the bottom three.
And, the Austrian manager could have had one at his disposal if Claude Puel had not failed to land one of his transfer targets during his time in charge on the south coast.
The One That Got Away: Matthias Ginter and Southampton
According to a report by Calciomercato in 2016, Southampton had a bid rejected by Borussia Dortmund for Matthias Ginter, as did West Ham United and Borussia Monchengladbach.
The 22-year-old had already established himself as a full Germany international and had built himself a promising career, despite not being Thomas Tuchel’s main choice at times.
However, Ginter did not stay at Dortmund for too much longer as he found opportunities a little too hard to come by and subsequently joined Monchengladbach in the summer of 2017.
Now 25, the German defender has improved immensely with the exposure of regular first-team football and has continued to emerge as one of the brightest talents in football.
He is a reliable figure in defence and is rather assured of himself when it comes down to his performances on the pitch. Strong at the back, Ginter also has the ability to find himself scoring on a number of occasions and that goal threat would have been welcomed a long time ago at the St. Mary’s Stadium.
Just think, if Southampton managed to sign him in 2016, he could have partnered up with van Dijk and what a partnership that could have turned out to be for the Saints. Liverpool must have thought there would be something in it as Jurgen Klopp was reportedly keen on bringing his former player to Anfield this summer (TEAMtalk).
Ginter is certainly a player that got away from Southampton.
Southampton fans, do you think he would have improved the side if the club were able to sign him in 2016? Let us know below!
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