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Southampton must let go of the injury-stricken Sam McQueen

Southampton currently have a number of senior players in their squad who will see their contracts expire in the summer such as Fraser Forster, Jack Stephens and Shane Long among others.

However, the Saints also have one player in their squad that has a contract set to expire at the end of January – 26-year-old left-back Sam McQueen.

As a product of Southampton’s youth academy, McQueen played his way through the ranks at the club before making his senior debut back in February 2014 in a FA Cup match against Sunderland.

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Since then, the defender, who is currently valued at £720k according to Transfermarkt, has made a total of just 29 senior appearances for the club across all competitions.

McQueen has not featured for the Saints since the 2017/18 season where he made seven appearances in the Premier League and one in the Carabao Cup, making him somewhat of a forgotten figure in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad.

In fairness to the player, McQueen suffered a cruciate ligament rupture back in October 2018 and is still recovering from it, highlighting just how serious the injury was and still is given how long he’s been out of action.

Back in April, Hasenhuttl, unfortunately, claimed that it would be a miracle if McQueen ever played football again, showing the severity of the injury and how unsuccessful his recovery has been.

However, in July, The Athletic reported that Southampton gave McQueen a six-month contract that is set to expire in January to see if he can impress Hasenhuttl after being involved in first-team group training sessions in pre-season.

Should Southampton let Sam McQueen go in January?

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Yes

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McQueen, who was reportedly earning a weekly wage of £18k-per-week last season according to Spotrac, hasn’t made a senior appearance for the Saints this season and with the club now possessing Romain Perraud, it doesn’t look good for the defender’s chances of getting back into the team by January. Combine that with the fact Kyle Walker-Peters has played in that role too and the future does isn’t bright at St Mary’s.

With this in mind, if the full-back can fully recover by then, we feel it would be the best option for all parties if Southampton didn’t offer McQueen a new deal in January and instead moved him on to a club that would be willing to give him a chance to get his career back on track.

After all, it’s the least he deserves after such a rotten few years on the south coast.

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