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Southampton: Mario Lemina could leave this summer

Southampton: Mario Lemina could leave this summer

Southampton are reportedly open to selling Mario Lemina this summer.

According to The Telegraph, as well as the likes of Wesley Hoedt, Fraser Forster, Alex McCarthy and Cedric Soares, the south coast club could look to cash in on Lemina as Ralph Hasenhuttl attempts to overhaul his squad.

Lemina joined Southampton from Juventus back in 2017 in a club-record deal worth just over £18m and has gone on to make 46 Premier League appearances, scoring just two goals along the way.

Last summer, the 25-year-old was said to be of interest to both Manchester City and Liverpool, though it remains to be seen whether such clubs are still interested after a lacklustre campaign.

Due to an abdominal strain, Lemina was only able to make 21 appearances in English football’s top flight, netting just once in a 3-1 defeat to Newcastle United.

Still, the Gabon international would still arguably be a loss to Hasenhuttl’s side. And while he has perhaps not quite lived up to expectations after arriving from a huge club such as Juventus, he has still brought a lot to the Saints’ midfield.

For example, with a pass success rate of 86% in the Premier League last season, his passing accuracy was the highest out of all of Southampton’s current midfielders (as per WhoScored).

Averaging 1.1 dribbles per game, Lemina also had more success when it came to taking on players, with only Nathan Redmond (2.4) making more.

Though not always among the goals, Lemina is clearly a midfielder capable of carrying the ball and retaining possession. Southampton should not be too quick to try and get rid of that.

Southampton fans, should the club sell Lemina this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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