Southampton have endured another miserable opening to the campaign this season as their defensive frailties have been consistently exposed in the Premier League.
Indeed, Mark Hughes’ rescue mission in the 2017/18 campaign suggested that Southampton’s fortunes were destined to change following months of toxic frustration under Mauricio Pellegrino, but that hasn’t been the case so far this season.
The Saints have collected just 6 points from their opening 9 fixtures, conceding 14 in the process.
Wesley Hoedt’s form has been a notable cause for concern for the supporters but Hughes has shown plenty of faith in the Holland international by starting him in all 9 opening matches.
But that has not deterred Hughes from scouting the market for further defensive reinforcements, as a recent report from The Sun claims that he is interested in signing Swansea City’s Joe Rodon, although he will face competition from Bournemouth and Aston Villa for his signature.
A product of the Swans’ academy, Rodon returned to south Wales at the end of the previous campaign after impressing on a short-term loan spell with Cheltenham Town, and he has continued his eye-catching form in the Championship this season.
Graham Potter’s decision to throw the inexperienced Rodon into his starting eleven has paid dividends so far, but with his contract due to expire in June 2019 it’s no surprise that clubs are beginning to queue up for his signature.
At 21-years-old Rodon is an exceptional talent for the future, and his previous links with Man City speak volumes about how highly he is regarded.
With Rodon’s promising opening to life in the Championship and his age in mind, Southampton could secure the signature of a perfect replacement for Maya Yoshida if they clinch a deal.
Yoshida is certainly not past it at 30-years-old, but with just 1 league start to his name this season it’s looking increasingly likely that his time is up at St Mary’s.
A promising ball-playing defender who possesses the physical presence to cope with the demands of Premier League football, Rodon would be an incredibly shrewd addition if Southampton manage to sign him on a free contract next summer.
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