Brandon Williams To Saints Rumours Resurface
Tuesday, 12th Jul 2022 09:27
Brandon Williams of Manchester United has to be one of the most linked players to Southampton than any other player, he has been rumoured to be on our radar for the last 18 months and now it seems he still is.
Saints according to the rumour mill are chasing full backs this summer, this is despite having five already at the club covering the two positions.
But the media still think we are after a sixth and after missing out on Neco Williams who has now signed permanently for Nottingham Forest, we are again linked with another full back, only this one isn't a new name.
Manchester United's Brandon Williams was heavily tipped to join Saints a year ago on loan, but Saints opted instead to sign Romain Perraud and supplement him with Thierry Small from Everton.
Williams eventually went to Norwich on a season long loan with a week left in the summer window last year, he joined a struggling club and his year at Carrow Road although not a disaster was not an outstanding success, he started just 23 Premier League games for the Canaries plus another 3 off the bench and was also an unused sub on another 6 occasions.
He was a regular but not a nailed on name on the team sheet.
Now he is being linked with a move to St Mary's again and with two years on his contract United may be looking to shift him permanently rather than just a loan move.
He is turning 22 in September, he is moving from that promising youngster age towards where he should be playing regularly for his club, having not taken Norwich by storm, United may feel that he is not going to make it at Old Trafford to the level they want if they are to pull themselves out of a decade of underachievement since Sir Alex Ferguson left.
So it seems that he is being touted around again by both United and his agent and the easiest link in the Premier League is Southampton.
But do Saints need him, the most obvious answer to that is no, we are top heavy on full backs, but it is not quite as simple as that, one Tino Livaramento is out injured to the New Year, a second in Yan Valery is in the final year of his contract, Thierry Small is still only in his teens and Romain Perraud is competent, but in truth a good squad player rather than a truly class Premier League standard left back.
So it could be said that we are not as strong in this department as it first looks, at least not until January when hopefully Livramento returns.
So bringing Brandon Williams to St Mary's might not look quite as far fetched as it might seem.
Saints could be interested in either a loan or a permanent deal, the loan would be the obvious one, he would plug a gap at left back and allow KWP to operate on the right, but a permanent deal might also interest Saints, his value is said to be around £9 million, if we could get him for that it would be a shrewd signing, fans might not want to hear it, but this is the strategy of the club, get in youngsters cheaply develop them and move them on, next summer we might well be looking to sell one of KWP or Livramento, obviously we would like to keep them both, but neither would want to play out of position as it would affect their England chances and it would be a luxury that we could not afford two England quality right backs.
So I am not going to write Brandon Williams off out of hand, it might well be on the cards and at the right price our new owners might see it as a good investment rather than a signing desperately needed.
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