Southampton right-back Cedric Soares once again produced an awful display in his side’s 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion at St Mary’s on Monday night, and the south coast outfit should look to bring former man Nathaniel Clyne back to the club to replace the Portugal international in January.
Well, Saints fans would have been hoping that the 27-year-old returned in good form having represented Portugal at the 2018 World Cup, but instead he has really struggled for form – as he did in the main last term.
Cedric wasn’t afforded much of a rest post-tournament with few other right-back options available to Mark Hughes, and even though he barely had a pre-season he has started all five of their Premier League fixtures thus far.
As has been the case in those other games though, the Portuguese defender failed to adequately deal with Solly March on Monday, and was caught horribly out of position at times as Southampton surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2.
It is clear that at the very least Cedric needs some competition for the right-back spot – and to perhaps even move on after three years on the south coast – and bringing Clyne back to St Mary’s could be the best option for everyone involved.
The 27-year-old was a regular for Liverpool when he joined them in 2015, but injuries have curtailed his progress in recent times and he is now behind Trent Alexander-Arnold – and potentially new boy Fabinho – in the pecking order for the Merseyside outfit.
While he made the bench for the opening day win against West Ham United, he is yet to make it since and a move to play regularly at St Mary’s again may well be tempting for him, given he played some of the best football of his Premier League career there.