Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton have asked Juventus about the possibility of signing young striker Stephy Mavididi on loan for the 2019/2019 season according to TEAMtalk.
The outlet also claim that Everton, Newcastle, Burnley, Aston Villa, Leeds, Derby, Fulham and Middlesbrough have all had the same idea.
The Old Lady are willing to let a number of their stars leave in the summer as months of change at the Allianz Stadium start to get underway, but the 21-year-old appears only to be available on a temporary basis, per the same source.
Mavididi was born in Derby and picked up by Arsenal’s academy at a young age before loans with Preston North End and Charlton Athletic saw him earn a massive move to the Italian giants, for whom he made his senior debut prior to the end of the 2018/2019 campaign.
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In light of all of this, today we ask three Football FanCast writers whether or not Hasenhuttl’s Saints should sign him on loan…
“Mavididi is a fine young talent and he could be a shrewd acquisition for anyone who does make a move to sign him temporarily. The youngster never really cut it at Arsenal and after impressing at Charlton his development was unfortunately pegged back by injury. However, after an eye-catching move to Juventus, he’s got his career back on track and there could no better time to reintroduce him to English football. Hasenhuttl would have a gem on his hands.”
“No, they shouldn’t. Firstly, Southampton need a striker who can really challenge the likes of Danny Ings and Shane Long for a starting spot next season, and Mavididi simply doesn’t fit the bill as he is too inexperienced and unproven. Secondly, Saints have an acclaimed academy themselves, so they would be shooting themselves in the foot if they give the 21-year-old an opportunity over one of their own.”
“Definitely not. For far too long Saints have suffered through 6-goal-a-season strikers, and they currently have several of those on the books already. The last thing they need is yet another untested, unproven talent who will make no impact whatsoever. The priority this summer should be a marquee signing who will compete for playing time with Danny Ings.”