Mark Hughes must allow Jan Bednarek to leave Saints for Galatasaray

Southampton defender Jan Bednarek has become a winter target for Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray, per reports in Fotospor.

What’s the word? 

The publication that focuses on the Turkish top flight believes the Saints’ defender has become one of two options Galatasaray will look to bring to the club when the January window opens, while the other is AS Roma’s forward Patrik Schick.

At present the club, who sit second in the league behind Istanbul Basaksehir, hold just three out-and-out centre-backs and are claimed by Fotospor to be preparing for life without their 30-year-old Brazilian, Maicon.

The report also suggests that the club’s assistant manager is currently preparing to observe Bednarek as the defender lines up for Poland against the Czech Republic on Thursday night as Galatasaray consider Southampton’s man in good thoughts.

The 22-year-old has remained an international regular for his country despite struggling for minutes at St Mary’s Stadium since making a move to England at the start of the 2017/18 season.

Why let him leave?

Southampton are clearly not confident in the defender’s ability since he joined the club last season. The Lech Poznan product has featured just 12 times for the first team since his £5.4million move – making as many Premier League 2 appearances as he has in the senior ranks.

When he joined the Saints, a then 21-year-old was thought of as an “extremely promising young player who possesses significant potential,” by the then Vice Chairman Les Reed.

Unfortunately, that potential is yet to come out and therefore letting him leave, on loan at least, could give Bednarek a chance to develop by playing first team football and at a side chasing Europe next year.

At a time Southampton are facing a far different future, it would be too risky to thrust a ‘potential’ star into the limelight when current talent is needed.