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Southampton can ease injury woes by signing Mattias Svanberg

Southampton are in the midst of an injury crisis at the moment, with only James Ward-Prowse and Ibrahima Diallo available to Ralph Hasenhuttl in central-midfield, following injuries to Oriol Romeu and Will Smallbone.

The Saints are also lacking options on the wing, with both Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond ruled out, meaning the Austrian manager has had to turn to his youth players on a number of occasions so far this season.

However, the South Coast club could ease some of their injury woes by signing transfer target Mattias Svanberg from Bologna during the current transfer window.

It was suggested earlier this month by Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio that Southampton were interested in signing the 22-year-old, along with Leicester City and AC Milan.

The Swedish midfielder has established himself as a regular with the Serie A side since joining from Malmo in 2018, having made 68 appearances for Bologna, in which he has contributed three goals and four assists.

Despite featuring most prominently as a defensive midfielder, he has already contributed two goals and one assist in 16 top-flight appearances this season, so it is no surprise that he is attracting interest.

However, he is also incredibly versatile, having featured in almost every midfield position in his career thus far, whilst also occasionally playing as a striker and a right-back.

Therefore, he could solve a number of issues for Hasenhuttl, as he could play in central midfield or on the wing where the Austrian is currently lacking options, or even as a striker, where the South Coast club have struggled at times in the absence of Danny Ings.

Svanberg is currently valued at just £5.85 million by Transfermarkt, although with his contract with I Rossoblù set to run until 2023, it seems unlikely that they would allow him to leave for so little.

Indeed, the argument could be made that Svanberg would be a better option than Diallo in the Saints midfield, based on their respective performances this season.

The Frenchman has averaged a disappointing 6.22 rating for his performances in the Premier League, in which he has contributed no goals or assists.

Svanberg meanwhile, has averaged a 6.43 rating for his performances in Serie A, with two goals and one assist to his name.

He also averages 1.6 shots per game compared to Diallo’s 0.2, suggesting that he is much more of an all-rounder than the 21-year-old Saints man, and he could provide much more of a goal threat in midfield, which would be useful for Hasenhuttl given how reliant his side have been on Ings for goals this season.

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Therefore, considering Svanberg’s excellent versatility and Southampton’s current injury problems, chief executive Martin Semmens must swoop for the Swedish international during this month’s transfer window.

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