Phew! After a long and tricky season, Southampton have finally secured their Premier League status for another year. It’s sad things have come to having to celebrate that, obviously, but here we are.
Obviously, many thanks have to go to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, who basically on his own, managed a complete turnaround and helped Southampton steer themselves away from the relegation zone. It has to be said that the Saints fans must be extremely confident at the thought of having their boss at the helm and are quietly excited about the potential success he could bring.
But first, this summer, he needs to employ players of his choosing and ones he believes can make a real difference to Southampton next season.
Back in the January transfer window, Saints were linked (by the Mirror via HITC) with a move for Brazilian left-back Rogerio and if they rekindled that interest, their defence could be far more reliable.
Rogerio, (who is valued at £7.2 million on Transfermarkt) could take over from Ryan Bertrand in that position, adding more flair and quality in attack, as well as more stability in defence. While the latter is certainly talented, it often seems that he’s past the point of caring these days.
Not captain material.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed an extremely successful season with Sassuolo whilst on-loan from Juventus, who are surely unlikely to utilise him next season, given with the quality they already have in his position. Indeed, with a total of 31 appearances in all competitions, Rogerio has really made the most of his loan spell and has since then put himself on the market for future buyers like Southampton.
Defensively Southampton have been fragile, to say the least. Ralph Hasenhuttl too surely realises that, so it shouldn’t a surprise to see him target a player like Rogerio once again during the upcoming summer window.
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