Southampton have established an unwanted reputation for being Liverpool’s feeder club in recent years, but they have not always sold their star players to the Reds.
The likes of Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Nathaniel Clyne have all packed their bags for Merseyside in recent years, but a different destination was in waiting for Morgan Schneiderlin.
After establishing himself as a pivotal lynchpin in Southampton’s central midfield during a seven year stint in which he made 257 appearances and scored 15 goals, Schneiderlin earned a deserved transfer to Manchester United in a deal worth £24 million in 2015.
The France international had established a glowing reputation for his combative displays in Southampton’s anchor role where he balanced his defensive responsibility with forward-thinking dynamism.
But despite the consistency of the quality which Schneiderlin demonstrated with the Saints, his career has rather faded into insignificance ever since.
He was a player who appeared ready for the challenge of Champions League football when he moved to Old Trafford, but he struggled to hold down a regular place in the starting eleven and it rapidly became apparent that he was below the standard which United supporters have come to expect.
An underwhelming eighteen month spell with United came to an end when Everton signed him in January 2017, but the step down in class has failed to spark a rediscovery of the form which made him a £24 million player at Southampton.
Schneiderlin has effectively been frozen out of the Everton side ever since he was withdrawn against West Ham United before the interval, although it must be noted that he has been dealing with personal problems.
On the evidence of how Schneiderlin’s career has developed since leaving Southampton, it’s fair to say that the club pulled a blinder by pocketing a huge £22.65 million profit on the £1.35 million they initially paid for him.
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