Since his January 2017 switch – worth up to £24 million – from Manchester United to Everton, the decline of Morgan Schneiderlin’s career has only gathered pace. Rather than having the intended revitalising effect, the Frenchman’s time at Goodison Park has been miserable.
Now, the 29-year-old probably has to seek pastures new once more if he wants to give himself a chance of picking up the pieces of his career.
The 15-cap France international has made just seven Premier League appearances this season, only four of which were starts. The summer arrival of Andre Gomes has pushed him down the pecking order, and there seems little chance of a way back into Marco Silva’s plans for the midfielder now.
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At this stage in his career, Schneiderlin really needs to be playing regular football. Though it may not be in the upper echelons of the Premier League, plying his trade for a club with European ambitions, joining a club a little further down the table would at least offer Schneiderlin the game time he needs.
Southampton, who the midfielder represented between 2008 and 2015, should give Schneiderlin that chance and make a surprise move this January to bring him back to St Mary’s Stadium.
Schneiderlin proved his quality with the south coast club, to the extent that Manchester United parted with around £25 million to prise him away from St Mary’s. Rejoining the Saints now may help Schneiderlin to rediscover the form he showed for them.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad certainly needs additional midfield steel, with Mario Lemina currently overburdened with defensive responsibility in that part of the pitch. The return of Schneiderlin this January then could make for a very happy reunion.