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Southampton struck gold with Kyle Walker-Peters deal

Southampton have impressed over the years with their shrewd recruitment and willingness to let their stars go if the price is right. Virgil van Dijk, Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana are just three names that spring to mind.

It denotes a fine business model and one which seems unrelenting following their most recent transfer window, which resulted in many exciting young talents making the switch to St Mary’s. Sam Edozie, Gavin Bazunu and Romeo Lavia headline the summer deals.

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However, one player they signed as a relative youngster, who has quickly matured into a fine Premier League footballer is full-back Kyle Walker-Peters.

Bought for just £12m, the English defender has impressed in a plethora of roles for Ralph Hasenhuttl.

He is comfortable at both right or left-back and has the capability to push forward whilst staying solid in defence.

The performances of the 25-year-old have led to him becoming an England international, which will have certainly helped in seeing his CIES football observatory valuation rise. He now sits at a £22m rating, around £10m more than what they paid Tottenham Hotspur for him.

This should come as no great surprise, with Walker-Peters having made 89 appearances for a side that have held their own in England’s top flight for a number of years now.

He was actually reportedly a target of Chelsea’s in the summer but they were quoted at an astounding £40m to secure his services.

This further proves his value to a Saints side that is full of vibrant talent, and despite his age, he still acts as one of the dressing room leaders. He outlined his intentions to one day become captain of his club, with Alfie House labelling him a “star”.

His offensive output is not properly shown in his statistics alone, as just three goals and seven assists during his career on the south coast might seem underwhelming.

But ranking in the top 6% of players in his position across Europe’s top five leagues for progressive carries, dribbles completed and touches in the attacking penalty area denotes him as a constant threat.

On top of this, Chris Miller claimed that when given the chance he makes “the perfect decision every time he gets the ball”, so combined with his ability on the ball it makes for a fine pairing.

It is these qualities that make him such an exciting prospect for the Saints and explains why his value has skyrocketed in recent years. With his current trajectory, it seems that this is only the beginning of his rise. Southampton certainly struck gold with this deal.

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