One area where Southampton have looked bright since Ralph Hasenhuttl took over is out wide.
And part of that has been down to the width the team’s wing-backs have been providing, with Yan Valery really standing out on that right-hand side.
Yet it is a department Hasenhuttl could still look to strengthen in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The English outlet reports the Saints are interested in signing Rangers’ James Tavernier, suggesting that Valery alone will not be enough going into next season.
If that turns out to be the case, then in Tavernier, Southampton could be getting a great alternative to the Frenchman and someone who is a perfect fit for Hasenhuttl’s system.
Going forward, the Rangers captain is a very dangerous full-back. Albeit mostly from set pieces, Tavernier has been directly involved in 27 of Rangers’ goals in the SPFL this term, scoring 13 and setting up a further 14 (SPFL official website).
Even if it is in a division that is not particularly strong, those numbers are still ridiculous for a defender.
Ultimately, if Hasenhuttl wants a dangerous wing-back in the summer, then he will find it hard to find one as devastating as the 27-year-old.
Defensively, like most full-backs today, there is room for improvement. But playing as a right wing-back in a back five, Tavernier should get extra support from Southampton’s right-sided centre-back.
There is no way Rangers are going to let their skipper go without a fight. But from Southampton’s perspective, it looks well worth it.
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