Southampton were heavily linked with a loan move for Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams throughout the winter transfer window and considering the lack of options Ralph Hasenhuttl has available in that position right now, he will surely be frustrated that a deal wasn’t able to be completed.
It had seemed as if it was only a matter of time before Southampton announced the loan signing of the 20-year-old full-back in January but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided late on that he wanted to keep the academy graduate in and around his first-team squad for the rest of the season.
This forced the Saints to look for other options but they couldn’t bring in any defenders before the deadline, despite trying to bring in the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Japhet Tanganga and Neco Williams on loan.
Despite this, the South Coast club sent back-up options Yan Valery and Jake Vokins on loan to Birmingham City and Sunderland respectively, leaving just Kyle Walker-Peters and Ryan Bertrand as senior options at full-back.
As Williams can play as both a left-back and a right-back, he could’ve been the perfect man to provide cover in Hasenhuttl’s side, especially in recent weeks where Walker-Peters has been sidelined through injury.
The £9.9 million-rated defender has had his game time limited at United this season as a result of Luke Shaw’s excellent form and the signing of Alex Telles, with just two brief substitute appearances in the Premier League to his name.
Since January, he has made just two substitute appearances in the Europa League, totalling 61 minutes, so it is difficult to see why he wasn’t allowed to leave on loan.
Hasenhuttl should be fuming that Solskjaer, rather selfishly, decided to keep Williams rather than allowing to get first-team minutes at Southampton, as it could’ve benefitted all parties.
Considering the awful run of form that Southampton have endured in 2021 thus far, any added options would’ve been appreciated by the Austrian and Williams’ versatility could’ve been ideal to have in the current situation, so it is surely frustrating for everyone involved with the club that he wasn’t allowed to join.