Southampton could be in danger of losing one of their youth talents in the near future, with fellow Premier League club Manchester City reportedly keeping an eye on Kgaogelo Chauke.
That’s according to talkSPORT, who also claimed that several other top European clubs are currently tracking 18-year-old.
In his first two appearances for the B team in the EFL Trophy against Leyton Orient and Charlton Athletic this season, Chauke earned a match rating of 7/10 in both games according to SofaScore, proving that he has what it takes to perform at a good standard against senior opposition.
Currently valued at £135k according to Transfermarkt, he has appeared in all of the B team’s Premier League 2 games so far this season, completing the full 90 minutes in most of them, which just goes to show how important he is to the Saints at that level.
Chauke, who Ralph Hasenhuttl apparently “really likes” according to journalist Joe Crann, has also had a taste of playing in Southampton’s first team, with one appearance under his belt, which came during the 2-0 win over Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup back in January as he played 79 minutes.
Taking all this into account, it would be safe to say that it could be a disaster for the club if they were to lose the 18-year-old, who could well go on to break into Hasenhuttl’s side and become a regular figure at St Mary’s in the same way that the likes of James Ward-Prowse and Jack Stephens have done.
For this to happen, Southampton owner Gao Jisheng will have to ensure that the club keep Chauke out of City’s clutches or any other suitors who may have their eyes on him.
The best way they could do this would be to offer him a new deal, considering that his current contract is set to expire in the summer, and give him assurances that he will get some chances to perform in the first team and prove his worth at that level.