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Southampton should consider recalling Josh Sims from Doncaster in January

Southampton winger Josh Sims has made a superb start to life at Doncaster Rovers in League One and perhaps Ralph Hasenhuttl should consider giving him a chance in his first-team when he is set to return to the club in January.

The 23-year-old, who has been with Southampton since joining from rivals Portsmouth in 2012, joined Darren Moore’s side on loan during the summer transfer window and already looks to be showing his class in the third division.

In five appearances in League One for the Yorkshire club, he has contributed an impressive one goal and four assists, which included three assists in one game in a scintillating display against Ipswich Town in October (per Transfermarkt).

He then put in another spectacular performance against FC United of Manchester in the FA Cup first round on Saturday, netting twice as Rovers stormed to a 5-1 victory across the Pennines and taking his total number of goal contributions for the club to seven already (BBC Sport).

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Although the Englishman has struggled in previous loan spells with Reading and New York Red Bulls, he has enjoyed a superb start to life with the Keepmoat Stadium outfit and if he continues to impress, perhaps he can convince those at Southampton that when he returns, he is ready to be given more of a chance in the first-team.

The young winger has shown his worth at academy level, having contributed 14 goals and 14 assists for the Southampton B team, which perhaps led to him being given a chance for the Saints’ first-team, having already made 27 appearances for the senior side during his career.

This suggests that those in the Southampton hierarchy trust that he has the ability to be part of the first-team setup and perhaps this loan to Doncaster was just about him finding some form in a lower division.

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Back in 2019, Hasenhuttl admitted that he was surprised by just how “strong” Sims was in training and praised him for his performance in their 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur.

So, the Austrian is clearly a fan of Sims and perhaps, if his impressive performances with Doncaster continue, it won’t be too long until he returns to the South Coast and starts making an impression in the Premier League.

Article title: Southampton should consider recalling Josh Sims from Doncaster in January

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