It doesn’t seem as if Southampton will be announcing any in-comings at St. Mary’s until they resolve the future of manager Claude Puel.
The Frenchman, who led the club to their first major final since 2003 and recorded an 8th placed finish in the Premier League, has lost the majority of the fan base and looks unlikely to be in his role come the start of pre-season.
However, that hasn’t stopped club officials going about the business of selling players, and it looks as if a Championship side will now be the beneficiaries of the Saints’ esteemed academy.
The club announced yesterday that defender Jason McCarthy, who spent last season on loan with Walsall, has joined Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old, who captain the U21 Premier League Cup winning side in 2015, has made just one appearance for the first team, a three minute cameo against Crystal Palace in 2014.
Despite his lack of experience in a Southampton shirt, plenty of fans on the south coast, who have an eye for young players, were upset by the news…
— Kieran Kater (@kierannkater98) June 13, 2017
Our loss is very much @bfc_official ‘s gain. Sorry to lose you, Jason, but wish you all the very best for the bright future ahead of you!
— SaintCirce (@SaintCirce) June 13, 2017
Big mistake, will sign for a premier league team next summer.
— Matt Dettmer (@dettmer93) June 13, 2017
He’s gunna be big. Should have kept him
— Ross Hodgson (@Ross_Hodgson98) June 13, 2017
I wasn’t expecting him to leave saints. Wishing him all the best.
— Tayo (@SaintsTayo) June 13, 2017
Shame, captain material. See you again one day @JasonMcCarthy32
— Matthew Brook (@BrookMatthew) June 13, 2017