Southampton linked With Liverpool Player But Do We Need Him !
Tuesday, 22nd Jun 2021 08:28
Liverpool are said to be ready to offload right back Neco Williams for £10 million and Saints along with Leeds United & Wolverhampton Wanderers are said to be interested, but it has to be said the transfer to St Mary's looks unlikely due to the price.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has stated more than once that he wants to have two players in every position and although there is nothing wrong with that as a plan, the stark reality for a club the size of Saints is that he is going to find it tough to do that and in some positions he will have to make do a little and have either a promising youngster or someone playing out of position to deputise if the occasion warrants.
So the news that the Austrian is said to be interested in signing Neco Williams from Liverpool on one hand looks a potential good signing, but on the other one that just doesn't fit in with the transfer strategy in terms of transfer fee.
Williams is primarily a right back, he can play in an advanced role as a wing back or even as a n orthodox right midfielder, but in essence he is a right back end of.
Now Saints are well served in that area, Kyle Walker Peters has been a solid performer since his arrival from Spurs permanently last summer , so signing Williams doesn't work for Saints on two fronts, firstly Williams is looking for first team football on a regular basis, would he be willing to leave Anfield and go to a club that will just be offering him the same situation he has at Liverpool, that of reliable back up and secondly with a limited transfer budget aligned with a precarious time in football financially for all clubs, would Saints able to afford the £10 million quoted for a player who will spend a lot of time on the bench.
The 20 year old Welshman is clearly a talent,, at 20 he has broken into first team contention at Anfield and he has already earnt 13 caps for Wales and is currently in their squad for the Euros where so far he has been a last minute sub in their win over Turkey and then played 86 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Italy.
So far he has played only 12 Premier League games for Liverpool, 6 in the starting line up and 6 off the bench, split evenly over the season just gone and the previous term.
For 2020/21 season he managed a little run of games back in November and then in the remaining 6 months just two appearances, 1 in the starting line up and another a cameo off the bench in the 89th minute, he was an unused sub on 25 occasions.
This is why Liverpool are perhaps looking to offload him now, he is in and around the squad, but even in a season where Liverpool where beset by big injury problems, especially at the back, it has to be noted he couldn't force himself in and was considered to be only a deputy for Trent Alexander Arnold who left him little opportunity starting 34 of the 38 Premier League games.
So I think that linking Saints with Neco Williams doesn't look like a good fit to our transfer plans at present, we cannot afford to pay out £10 million just to have the luxury of two right backs in the current financial climate and I would surmise that the player himself would rather stay at Anfield and play 6 games in the Premier League plus various appearances in the cups, than just replicate his current situation at Liverpool at Southampton.
The other question is just what Yan Valery's future is at St Mary's, two years ago he was looked upon as a great talent, surely he still has that ability and we haven't given up completely on him just yet, if Ralph wants two men in every position, then he still could utilise Valery who has more experience than Williams.
So all the evidence on this one points to it being nothing more than his agent trying to stir up a little bit of business, if Williams was a left back it would be entirely plausible, but he hasn't played there for Liverpool and is right sided, even in a good period we would not pay £10 million for a player to be back up in a specialist position, so I would be surprised if we did so now.
Photo: Action Images
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 31 bloggers
Letters from Wiltshire #48 by wessex_exile
“And now the end is near, and so we face the final curtain…regrets, we’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention”. Not quite right Paul Anka, probably more than a few, but otherwise a fair assessment of where the U’s are today. It’ll be interesting to see how we perform with the relegation monkey finally off their back – I’m not expecting miracles, particularly with Tranmere needing at least a point to guarantee making the play-offs, but they’ll certainly be more nervous than we will be, so can we make that count? This will be my last blog of the season, and not yet sure what I may or may not do for next season, but suggestions are always welcome.
Letters from Wiltshire #47 by wessex_exile
Here we are, at the penultimate game of the season, and our last game in front of the cardboard U’s faithful at the JobServe. It has been a long, difficult, and definitely strange season, which frankly I’ll be glad to see the back of. That’ll we’ll be here again in August is definitely going to be something to celebrate, but I suspect we’re facing a summer of significant rebuilding both on the pitch, and possibly off it too. I won’t be the only one, but the biggest oddity for me has been being able to watch every single game – not always easy viewing, but something I’ve never done before, and probably never will again. But it doesn’t really make up for not being there in person, the long train journey away-days, meeting fellow U’s and other supporters, and of course sharing a beer or three. Fingers-crossed we can return to the terraces in 2021/22.
Letters from Wiltshire #46 by wessex_exile
That was quite a week for us all then. In the space of four short but remarkably tense days we have gone from having to take shoes and socks off to check how many more points we need to guarantee survival, or whether we would even achieve it, to breathing a huge sigh of relief knowing we’re almost there. But close of play this afternoon, whether by our own actions or the failure of others, I am sure survival will be confirmed. Of course, Tuesday night not only all but guaranteed it, it also virtually condemned local rivals Southend United to non-league football for the foreseeable. Looking at the host of fully professional former football league sides currently battling it out for the two promotion slots out of the National league (including Hartlepool, Torquay, Stockport, Wrexham, Chesterfield and Notts County), it is not going to be a walk in the park for Southend to return any day soon.
Letters from Wiltshire #45 by wessex_exile
Tonight, Colchester United face Southend United in what may not necessarily be the most important game of our respective histories (though it’s certainly very close), but is almost certainly the most important Essex derby ever. However this season pans out, by the end of it there’ll either be only one team in Essex, or worst case scenario, none at all. If the U’s win, then Southend will be 9pts behind with just three games to go, and a minimum of a -12 goal difference to overturn if they want to overtake us. Certainly mathematically possible, but that would rely on a remarkable turnaround in their form, form that they’ve shown precious little sign of achieving so far this season. The stalking horse is Grimsby, with their game in hand, who have rather belatedly shown an improvement in form, so their match against automatic promotion chasing Morecambe tonight is equally important, particularly if we want to avoid the unthinkable, with both Essex clubs dropping out of the league.
Letters from Wiltshire #44 by wessex_exile
So here we are, as the nation mourns the passing of His Royal Highness, Duke of Edinburgh, the U’s face the first of two season-defining moments, with our late kick-off match at home to Walsall. Before then, no doubt many will have been focused on events elsewhere, not least the early kick-offs for Grimsby (at home to promotion-chasing Bolton Wanderers), and particularly Essex rivals Southend United, who faced a tricky visit to Exeter City – still very much in the hunt for at least a play-off spot. As I finalise this blog, I know that Grimsby have beaten Bolton 2-1, and Southend earned a credible 0-0 draw in the West Country. More to the point, the U’s will know this too. Whilst I can’t help but feel that will ought to be to our advantage, it surely must also put additional pressure on a squad whose confidence is paper-thin. We must hope that Hayden Mullins, assisted by Paul Tisdale, get their heads right, and send the lads out this evening fired up with self-belief.
[ Vote here ]