Southampton have completed a deal for ex-Chelsea youngster Dynel Simeu, as their summer recruitment drive finally picks up some pace [GOAL].
The Lowdown: Southampton get ready for 2021/22
Progressing towards the new campaign, Saints manager Ralph Hassenhuttl will be looking to all scouting avenues in order to build a team capable of climbing the Premier League table in 2021/22.
So far, the South Coast outfit have tied up moves for Theo Walcott, Olly Lancashire and Romain Perraud [Transfermarkt].
Now, they have managed to ratify a fourth summer signing, with the new season now just a couple of weeks away,
Will Simeu be a good signing for Southampton?
The Latest: Simeu completes move to the South Coast
Following a breakdown in contract talks with former club Chelsea, Simeu now makes the move to Hampshire for around £1.5 million after leaving Stamford Bridge [GOAL].
Though he was out of contract in West London, the Blues have received a development fee due to their role in nurturing the 19-year-old through the youth ranks.
Growing up on the south coast, he has now returned home on a three-year-contract, keeping him at St Mary’s until 2024.
He will initially join up with the B team, but could follow an accelerated path into the senior squad should he impress at youth level.
The Verdict: Southampton will be the ideal environment for Simeu to continue his development
Proudly retaining a reputation for having one of the best academies in European football, Simeu’s addition will present an exciting prospect to the Southampton support.
Witnessing young prodigies such as the aforementioned Walcott, Gareth Bale and James Ward-Prowse break into the senior fold in recent times, the club have cultivated a model which is proven to provide long-term benefits to the football club.
In 2020/21, the Yaoundé-born centre-back registered two goal contributions in 23 appearances for the Chelsea Under-23’s side; one goal and one assist [Transfermarkt].
Promising to say the least, Simeu captained the Chelsea development squad to the 2019-20 Premier League Two title.
Despite this, he leaves his previous employers without making a first-string outing. Southampton will be keen to see how far his potential can stretch on the South Coast.
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