Ralph Hasenhuttl is reportedly ready to bring defender Cedric Soares in from the cold.
The 27-year-old spent the second half of last season out on loan at Inter Milan but, according to the Daily Echo, Hasenhuttl is prepared to take another look at him and see if he has improved following his temporary spell away from Southampton.
Wesley Hoedt is also said to be another name who the Austrian is willing to give another chance to, following his own loan spell with Celta Vigo in the previous campaign.
The Dutch centre-half made 10 league appearances as the Spanish side just about secured La Liga safety.
Hasenhuttl is probably making the right decision here; Cedric is definitely a right-back who has something to offer.
In his last full campaign for Southampton (2017/18), he made 1.7 tackles per game in the Premier League, which is roughly the same as what Yan Valery (1.8) averaged last term as Hasenhuttl’s first-choice right-back (as per WhoScored).
As well as that, the Portugal international was also fairly decent in attack. He made just under 1 cross per game in that season, again bettering Valery who managed 0.3.
Factor in his versatility — he has played at left-back and further forward for the Saints (as per Transfermarkt) — and keeping him around sounds like even more of a good idea.
Ultimately, based on the above, the Euro 2016 winner looks as if he has the tools to be a solid alternative to Valery for the upcoming season.
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