_ap_ufes{"success":true,"siteUrl":"the4thofficial.net","urls":{"Home":"http://the4thofficial.net","Category":"http://the4thofficial.net/category/leagues/scottish-league/aberdeen/","Archive":"http://the4thofficial.net/2017/04/","Post":"http://the4thofficial.net/2017/04/will-barcelona-sensation-solve-goalscoring-issues-manchester-united/","Page":"http://the4thofficial.net/how-to-submit-an-article/","Attachment":"http://the4thofficial.net/2017/04/west-bromwich-albion-vs-leicester-city-key-battles-will-determine-outcome/jv/","Nav_menu_item":"http://the4thofficial.net/2017/02/johnnbet/","Wpcf7_contact_form":"http://the4thofficial.net/?post_type=wpcf7_contact_form&p=2192"}}_ap_ufee
fonte-01

Three Defenders Southampton Should Target To Replace This Wantaway Star

Southampton suffered a major blow lately with their key defender and club captain Jose Fonte handing in a transfer request. The Saints are not having an impressive season this time around under Claude Puel who took over from Ronald Koeman. The transition period has been tough for them and amidst the troublesome time, one of the club’s key players looking to pave his way out from the club probably is the last thing the fans wanted to hear.

Considering Fonte’s experience and caliber, he should not find it difficult to get suitors for himself and the Saints should start looking for replacements for him.

Here are three players they could consider signing-

Daley Blind

Blind started the season as more of a regular under Mourinho but now seems to be out of favour at Manchester United. Despite first-choice pairing Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling missing through injuries, we saw Mourinho opting to play Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo at the heart of the defence. Mourinho is reportedly looking for defenders in January and a new defender will make Blind’s first-team chances even more limited. A calm and composed defender like Blind could prove to be a solid addition to Southampton considering the manner in which they play.

Ben Gibson

Ben Gibson has been the stellar performer for Boro this season in their comeback campaign to the Premier League. The Englishman has been a rock in Aitor Karanka’s stubborn defence which has proved to be really hard to break.

Burnley v Middlesbrough - Premier League

A brilliant reader of the game and someone who can lead the back four, he is much ahead of his age in terms of maturity and composure. Still only 23, he also fits in Southampton’s philosophy of signing younger players and has a big resale value. He could prove to be a brilliant replacement for Fonte.

Mamadou Sakho

Lallana, Lambert, Lovren, Clyne and Mane- Liverpool have signed these many players from Southampton in the last three years. Southampton now should go back to Liverpool to fill in the void that will be created by Jose Fonte’s departure. The Frenchman is frozen out of the Liverpool squad for unknown reasons despite the fact that he is a quality defender and a natural leader of the back four. Sakho would be a huge addition to Southampton defence with his experience at the top level and Liverpool are unlikely to stand in his way of signing for a club with whom they have an excellent transfer relation.

Facebook Comments

comments

Share This Article

Celtic Set To Swoop For Championship Midfielder: Another Masterstroke From Rodgers?

Next Story »

Manchester United Linked With AS Roma Defensive Rock: Why Jose Should Make It Happen

T40 SCOUTING

  • MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - MARCH 19:  Thiago of Bayern Muenchen is seen during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayern Muenchen at Borussia-Park on March 19, 2017 in Moenchengladbach, Germany.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

    The Perfect Homecoming? Why This Bayern Munich Star Can Be Barcelona’s Saviour

    1 month ago

    Barcelona are looking for some midfield reinforcements in the market, especially after the retirement of Xavi Hernandez in 2015 and with Iniesta, playing his final years at ...

    Read More
  • STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MARCH 04:  Joe Allen of Stoke City battles with Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Middlesbrough at Bet365 Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

    Why Pep Has To Do Everything To Beat The Likes Of Tottenham Hotspur For The Signing Of This Defender

    1 month ago

    Along with Michael Keane, another Englishman is set for a big move amidst interest from several top Premier League outfits. Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson has emerged as ...

    Read More
  • HAMBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 12:  Shou Bobby Wood (L) of Hamburg celebrates scoring the 2ndt team goal with his team mate Michael Gregoritsch during the Bundesliga match between Hamburger SV and Borussia Moenchengladbach at Volksparkstadion on March 12, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

    Liverpool Or Everton? A Bundesliga Fan On Where This Bundesliga Striker Will Fit In Better

    1 month ago

    The two Merseyside clubs in Everton and Liverpool are both seeking for some offensive reinforcements in the market. For Everton, it is a case of finding a ...

    Read More
  • Bayern Munich's Spanish headcoach Pep Guardiola (L) talks to Bayern Munich's new French defender Kingsley Coman (R) during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich v FC Augsburg, in Munich, on September 12, 2015.  AFP PHOTO /CHRISTOF STACHE

RESTRICTIONS: DURING MATCH TIME: DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE TO 15 PICTURES PER MATCH AND FORBID IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO. 
== RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE ==
FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050.        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

    A Lowdown On Manchester City’s £40m French Target: Is He Worth The Outlay?

    1 month ago

    Manchester City are reportedly interested in securing the signature of Kingsley Coman who is currently at Bayern Munich on loan from Juventus. It was Pep who had ...

    Read More
  • MAINZ, GERMANY - MARCH 19:  Sead Kolasinac of Schalke 04 celebrates after scoring a goal during the Bundesliga match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Schalke 04 at Opel Arena on March 19, 2017 in Mainz, Germany.  (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

    A Bundesliga Fan’s View On Why This Highly Rated Defender Would Be Perfect For Liverpool

    1 month ago

    As the rumours suggest, Liverpool have made a contract offer for Sead Kolasinac of Schalke 04. Liverpool are in need of a left back and they will ...

    Read More