It would be safe to say that Ralph Hasenhuttl will have his work cut out for him this summer at Southampton. Despite managing to guide them to Premier League safety, there is still plenty for the manager to do to turn the club into the one supporters expect them to be.
The first order of business for the Saints will likely involve player recruitment, as they will need to strengthen certain areas of the pitch to help them improve.
And, it would seem that Hasenhuttl has a midfielder on his mind that would certainly fit the bill in terms of the type of player he likes to have in his squad.
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According to claims by Calciomercato, Southampton are interested in signing Groningen’s Ritsu Doan this summer.
The report fails to add any more details to the claim, although they do state that the Japan international is also being tracked by Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.
Doan has been impressive for Groningen this season in the Eredivisie and appears to have a very bright future in the game ahead of him.
Still only 20-years-old, he already has bundles of talent and has started to show signs of incredible promise when going forward with the ball in the opponents final third, having recorded four goals and three assists in his 28 top-flight appearances so far.
A hugely versatile central midfielder, who can also play on the right and operate in a higher role on the pitch, Doan’s dribbling ability is rather exceptional, whilst his defensive contributions for Groningen have not gone unnoticed either.
His skill set makes him appear to be the ideal man for Hasenhuttl to help develop further and take him to the next level of his career, whilst a move to Southampton could also be made easier because of Maya Yoshida.
The current Japan international captain could help Doan ease into life in the Premier League and England, which could help the youngster feel a little more at ease in his new environment and hit the ground running, which would help the Saints benefit from the quality he can offer.
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