Southampton supporters have been slightly more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their side produce a spirited display to draw 1-1 with Tottenham on Sunday, albeit it wasn’t enough to end their long winless run in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s men haven’t tasted success in the league since thumping Everton 4-1 at St Mary’s back on November 26, picking up just five points from their succeeding ten games prior to the visit of Spurs on Sunday. However, the Saints deservedly took a point from proceedings as a Davinson Sanchez own goal gave them the lead, only for Harry Kane to equalise later on the first half to earn a draw for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, although it wasn’t enough to move them above Liverpool into fourth, while Southampton remained in the bottom three.
Nonetheless, a much-improved performance has been well received by our resident Saints fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that it can kick-start their season and thus their bid to avoid relegation.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for those Southampton supporters lining up at the bar to get their teeth into, not least recent news that left-back Matt Targett has linked up with Championship side Fulham for the rest of the season.
And having sanctioned a deal to see the young defender make the move to Craven Cottage, the Saints must now themselves seek to make an audacious move for Cottagers starlet Ryan Sessegnon, who has been attracting interest from several top-flight clubs in recent times.
And while the 17-year-old has been playing slightly further forward this season, landing Targett could be an indication that the England youth international could be on his way this month, which is a deal the Saints must seek to get done this month.
Ultimately, the left-back has been in wonderful form for Slavisa Jokanovic’s men in the last few years, and looks destined for a bright future in the game such have been his impressive and mature performances for the second tier side.
And where better to learn that trade than at Southampton, who have repeatedly given players an opportunity to showcase their talents down the years, some of which have gone onto much bigger and much better things.
Add in a possible move for current left-back Ryan Bertrand, whose fine efforts don’t appear to have gone unnoticed by potential suitor Manchester City, and Pellegrino may need a long-term left-back to plug that gap.
The £75 million they received from Virgil van Dijk’s move to Liverpool simply has to be reinvested if the club are to maintain their Premier League status – selling one’s best players every summer is eventually going to come back to haunt them, and it is threatening to do so this term.
And while Sessegnon is unlikely going to make the difference between them going down and staying up, landing a player of that calibre and potential would be a clear indication of the club’s ambitions for the future – there’s a reason the likes of Spurs and Manchester United are keen on the 17-year-old.
And from the point of view of the player himself, first team football is significantly more likely at St Mary’s than it is at Wembley or Old Trafford, and as such is a move which would benefit him just as much as it would benefit the Saints.
It would be a tough ask, but Southampton have done Fulham a favour by lending them Targett for the season – they now must launch an audacious bid for £7.2 million-rated Sessegnon (as per Transfermarkt).
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