Southampton could be set to lose Kyle Walker-Peters this summer, with Manchester United and Arsenal reportedly interested in him, but Ralph Hasenhuttl can find a natural replacement for the former Tottenham Hotspur man in Brandon Williams.
According to The Athletic, Walker-Peters is attracting interest from the Red Devils and the Gunners, but Southampton are keen to keep the England international and want to sign another full-back to compete with the 25-year-old as Tino Livramento continues to recover from his long-term injury.
Like Walker-Peters, the 21-year-old is capable of playing as both a right-back and a left-back, and he will perhaps be targeting a permanent move away from Old Trafford this summer, having featured regularly on loan at Norwich City last season.
Erik ten Hag has brought in Tyrell Malacia as a new left-back, while he already has Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diego Dalot at right-back, so it is difficult to see Williams establishing himself in United’s first team.
There are plenty of similarities between Walker-Peters and Williams.
They are both products of the academies of ‘top six’ outfits but have never really nailed down a starting spot with their respective clubs, as Walker-Peters made just 24 appearances for Spurs before his switch to St Mary’s.
Considering that the Southampton defender is now a full England international, Williams might want to follow a similar career path to the 25-year-old and join the Saints this summer.
As previously mentioned, both defenders are versatile and can play on either side, which is surely an attractive proposition to Hasenhuttl.
After a rare appearance for United in 2019, Williams earned a lot of praise from former team-mate Daniel James, who said: “Brandon was unbelievable today. He’s great in training every day. Unbelievable attitude. Massive credit to him to come and start at Old Trafford in the Premier League.”
The 21-year-old would reportedly be available for as little as £10m and could provide some excellent competition for Walker-Peters in Southampton’s defence, or potentially replace him should Spurs pay the £30m buyback clause in his contract.
Therefore, this deal feels like a no-brainer for Southampton this summer, especially if Williams can replicate Walker-Peters’ career trajectory in a Saints shirt.