In Focus: Southampton should be targeting experience, not youth

Southampton are interested in signing young Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot, but Tottenham Hotspur are confident of nabbing his signature, according to The Mirror.

What’s the latest?

The 18-year-old has seemingly attracted the attention of elite clubs in England due to his performances on the pitch.

The teenager has been among the first-team substitutes at Stevenage for 10 games, but he made his league debut at the weekend.

The Mirror claims that Southampton are interested in striking a deal, but Tottenham may have beaten them to the punch.

It is believed that the North London outfit are confident of wrapping up a deal worth £850,000.

Is this a blow for Southampton?

Clubs should always be mindful when it comes to recruiting young talent, and the Saints look as though they will miss out on a promising player.

However, in this moment, Mauricio Pellegrino should be eyeing players that can make an instant impact.

The coastal club are struggling in the Premier League this season given that they have not won a game since November.

As it stands, Southampton are now just one point above the relegation zone following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Watford.

The team need to strengthen their defence following the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, but they should be shopping around for established stars, not youngsters fresh from their debuts.

The club also need to focus on bringing in an attacking player who can improve the team’s current goal tally of 23 in the league.