Southampton have been linked with a move for Slavia Prague striker Jan Kuchta recently and, if he were to join Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, it could be bad news for 22-year-old Dan N’Lundulu.
The south coast club are reportedly eyeing the 24-year-old ahead of the summer after his impressive performances with the Czech side so far this season, with 11 goals and five assists to his name in just 17 league appearances.
He has also been a big part of their impressive run in the Europa League, which saw them progress to the quarter-finals after a 3-1 win aggregate win over Rangers recently, with Kuchta boasting two goals and two assists in eight appearances in that competition.
The former Czech Republic under-21 international only joined Slavia Prague from Slovan Liberec last summer but has seen his value on Transfermarkt soar after a superb debut season; and considering the number of Premier League sides said to be interested in him, it would not be a surprise to see him depart this summer.
Should he make the move to St Mary’s, you worry that it could all but end N’Lundulu’s chances of making it as a regular under Hasenhuttl.
The 22-year-old has made just one start for the Saints in his career thus far, which came in the 2-0 win against Shrewsbury Town earlier in the season, when he also scored his first professional goal.
However, he has been afforded very few chances in the Premier League, with just 12 substitute appearances totalling 98 minutes to his name this season, despite Danny Ings’ injury problems and Che Adams’ indifferent form.
He has also fallen behind Nathan Tella in the pecking order in Hasenhuttl’s side and, although he has five goals in eight Premier League 2 appearances this season, N’Lundulu is 22 and should be playing regular senior football at this point in his career.
Although Hasenhuttl has praised him in the past and is clearly a big fan of the striker, his efforts are not being rewarded with chances in the first team.
Therefore, if Kuchta arrives in the summer, it is likely only going to decrease N’Lundulu’s chances of becoming a regular at Southampton and it could be the catalyst for him departing the south coast club without ever really having a chance to impress.
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