According to Goal, Southampton are interested in signing Sampdoria centre-back Omar Colley, who is also on the radar of fellow Premier League sides Newcastle and West Ham.
Well, the 12-cap Gambia international is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League despite his side’s battle against relegation to Serie B – Sampdoria currently sit just two points above the bottom three in Serie A.
The Italian side would reportedly prefer to keep hold of Colley in January as another centre-back of theirs, Alex Ferrari, has suffered a serious knee injury.
However, Sampdoria risk losing Colley for £15m according to Goal.
The Serie A side are also keen to find a replacement before sanctioning any departure for their No.15.
Colley recently managed to help his side record a clean sheet against AC Milan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and expressed his happiness at shutting out the iconic Swede when saying: “We had three or four chances to score the winning goal. We are happy anyway, we made a point at San Siro against Milan, we prevented Ibrahimovic from scoring. We start 2020 in the best way”.
While it is a decent achievement to keep a player of Ibrahimovic’s quality quiet, it doesn’t appear as if Colley is any better than what Southampton have in the centre-back department if you judged him statistically.
The Zambian defender has averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.72, which is slightly below Jack Stephens’ rating of 6.8 – while Jan Bednarek admittedly has an inferior rating to Colley with 6.64, he is four years younger. It must also be noted that Stephens is two years younger than the 27-year-old Sampdoria man.
Additionally, Stephens and Bednarek both average more tackles per game in the Premier League than Colley does in Serie A, registering 2 and 2.1 respectively whereas the Saints transfer target only averages 1.3 tackles.
Furthermore, Colley also commits more fouls than the Southampton duo, upending the opposition 1.4 times per game in Italy’s top-flight while Stephens and Bednarek only commit 0.4 and 1 foul respectively.
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Given the fact that Sampdoria want £15m, and also want to find a replacement first, it doesn’t seem as if Colley would be worth the fight with Newcastle and West Ham for Southampton if these numbers are anything to go by.
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