Southampton should let Newcastle take the risk on unproven Anthony Limbombe

As reported by The Daily Mail, Southampton are one of the sides interested in signing Belgian international Anthony Limbombe this summer.

What’s the story?

While the World Cup rumbles on in Russia, back at club level teams are preparing their first team squads ahead of the English Premier League season with teams like Southampton and Newcastle eager to add the kind of quality that will see them avoid any relegation battles next term.

One player that could end up in England is Club Brugge winger Anthony Limbombe.

That’s according to The Daily Mail, who report that both Southampton and Newcastle are interested in signing him, alongside clubs like Huddersfield Town and Leeds.

The paper say that Huddersfield have already made a £13m offer for the player.

Is he a player that Southampton to should be trying to bring to St Mary’s this summer?

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Good enough to make the step up?

Despite being just 23 years of age, Limbombe has impressive experience in the Belgian and Dutch leagues so far in his career, making his debut at the age of 16 for Racing Genk.

Since then he’s made close to 200 career appearances and even won a cap for Belgium recently against Saudi Arabia, part of their preparations for the World Cup in Russia.

However he is largely untested at the kind of level you would expect of a Premier League signing in 2018, with limited European experience. His direct goal contribution isn’t at stand-out levels either, scoring six and assisting six more in the Belgian top-flight last season.

While that’s a decent return, it doesn’t represent the kind of break out performance you would expect of a player ready to make the move to a higher level.

At the reported £13m, Southampton should take a pass on this one and let Huddersfield or Newcastle bite on his signature. There may be a player there, but Saints are able to attract better targets.