Southampton could be set to re-sign a talent who has graced St Mary’s once before…
As per transfer insider Dean Jones, Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could make his swan song on the south coast by re-joining them in a survival bid.
Having come through the academy, the 29-year-old left for Arsenal at just 17 years old. It seems that having struggled for game time and fitness at Anfield, the Reds are happy to now see him leave. They were willing to listen to offers of £10m in the summer.
Jones, remarked on the rumours, speaking to GIVEMESPORT:
“It’s always tempting to turn back to a player that you felt produced. Obviously, Theo Walcott they’ve done it with, so maybe it’s deja vu in that sense.
“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain needs to revive his career at this stage. He needs to make the right move. I can definitely see it being a temptation and a consideration.”
Meanwhile, Football Insider have suggested that the Saints will be offered Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of the January transfer window
With Nathan Jones having now spent nearly two weeks with his new players, he will surely have assessed that the side are lacking goals.
This is outlined in the personal statistics throughout the squad, where only Che Adams has scored over two goals so far this campaign.
It therefore would make sense to add Oxlade-Chamberlain to that crop, as he has proven himself a consistent creative threat despite his injury concerns.
He remains in the top 1% for shots total, and the top 3% for touches in the opposition penalty area, suggesting that if given the freedom he can frustrate the opposition with his relentless desire to attack.
Despite chances having been limited in recent years due to the success of Jurgen Klopp’s starting side, he has excelled under the German at points.
During the latter campaign, Klopp was quoted as labelling the midfielder “aggressive in the most positive way”.
To put his explosive energy besides the calming presence of James Ward-Prowse could be a perfect pairing to steer them from relegation, as the 28-year-old has matured significantly across his 380 appearances on the south coast.
He could provide the cutting passes to feed Oxlade-Chamberlain, outlined in his 3.32 progressive passes per game.
Having started the season slowly, he could be exactly the spark needed to revitalise the Saints’ miserable campaign thus far.