Southampton: Romeo Lavia worry for Selles
Southampton are facing a ‘battle’ to keep another crucial player this summer as journalist Adrian Kajumba shares news on Romeo Lavia.
The Lowdown: Southampton exits possible…
Reports this week indicate the Saints, amid their battle for Premier League survival, have also been dealt some off-field worries as clubs across the top flight eye St. Mary’s stars.
Ruben Selles could lose star midfielder James Ward-Prowse with talkSPORT claiming they’re ‘bracing themselves for his departure if they can’t swerve relegation.
Southampton are currently four points off safety and remain at the foot of the table, making the departures of key men a harsh reality to face.
The Latest: Saints facing Lavia battle…
As per Kajumba, writing for The Mail, Selles’ side are also ‘facing a battle’ to keep hold of Lavia with rival interest growing.
Man United are one of the sides in contention to sign him, while other clubs have queued up in the form of Arsenal and Chelsea.
The Belgian joined Southampton just last summer in a deal from champions Man City, yet not even 12 months later, clubs are already taking note of his exploits.
The Verdict: Worry for Selles…
The 19-year-old has really impressed under three different managers at Southampton this season, even despite his tender age.
Lavia has been labelled a ‘crucial’ player by members of the Saints media, like reporter Jacob Tanswell, and his stats certainly back up that face.
As per WhoScored, the former City starlet has averaged a higher pass accuracy in midfield (87%) than any Southampton squad member with over one start.
He also ranks highly in terms of tackles won per 90 and has been revered lately as a player showcasing real form.
Losing him would certainly be a blow for Southampton and avoiding the drop will be crucial in determining his future.