Reports in The Athletic earlier this week claimed Southampton are reportedly confident that Ryan Bertrand will sign a new contract, which will undoubtedly come as an even bigger boost to Ralph Hasenhuttl following the 3-1 defeat against Arsenal on Tuesday in the defender’s absence.
The left-back has been a first-team regular for the Saints since joining from Chelsea on a permanent deal in 2015, having now made 225 appearances for the South Coast club in which he has contributed eight goals and 19 assists.
Although he is now 31-years-old, he remains a key part of Hasenhuttl’s side and has been a big part of Southampton’s impressive start to the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
His contract with the club is set to expire at the end of the season and Premier League rivals Arsenal are reportedly considering a move for him in the summer, as they seek back-up options for Kieran Tierney.
However, it has now been reported in The Athletic that the Saints remain confident that he will sign a new deal with the club, despite the interest from Mikel Arteta’s side, with Bertrand having also stated that it is his desire to finish his career with the South Coast side.
Given Hasenhuttl’s lack of left-back options in his current squad, it will be a huge boost if the Englishman does commit to a new deal with the club before next season.
We saw in Tuesday night’s defeat against Arsenal that Jake Vokins is perhaps not ready to be a regular in the Premier League just yet, as he was substituted in the second-half despite the lack of defensive options on the bench.
Whilst Bertrand has averaged a fairly unspectacular 6.61 rating in his performances for Southampton this season, which has certainly declined from previous seasons, the Saints’ impressive clean sheet record suggests that he is still a big part of Hasenhuttl’s defence.
So far this season, the South Coast club have managed eight clean sheets in the top-flight, which is the third-most of any side behind Manchester City and Aston Villa.
Therefore, it’d be a big boost for the Saints if Bertrand signs a new contract, and it has to be a priority for Martin Semmens this month in order to avoid the situation dragging on towards the summer.