Southampton have reportedly been scouting Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo this season ahead of a potential summer move for the 21-year-old and, if he were to make the move to St Mary’s, it could be a repeat of the deal which saw Che Adams join the south coast club in 2019.
According to the Bristol Post, Southampton scouts have been in attendance at Ashton Gate in recent weeks to take in the performances of Semenyo, who is also reportedly attracting interest from Wolves, Norwich City and Bournemouth.
The young striker is a product of Bristol City’s academy and has only this season established himself as a regular with the Championship club, having spent previous seasons on loan with Newport County and Sunderland in League Two and League One respectively.
Although his goal record isn’t anything to write home about, with just 11 senior goals in his career thus far, his general performances with the Robins this season have clearly attracted the interest of some Premier League and top Championship sides.
In 37 appearances in the second tier, Semenyo has managed two goals and five assists, whilst he also has a further three goals and two assists in cup competitions.
Semenyo can feature up front but also on both wings, which suggests that he is very versatile and would fit in well at Southampton, with Ralph Hasenhuttl a big fan of players who can feature in multiple positions.
WhoScored also suggests that his main strengths include his through balls, dribbling and defensive contribution, and considering the defensive work rate the Austrian manager demands of his players at the south coast club, it seems that he would love to have a player such as Semenyo in his side.
If he were to join, it could prove to be a repeat of the deal which saw Adams join Southampton in 2019 after he impressed in the lower leagues with Sheffield United and Birmingham City.
Adams was just 22 when he joined and, like Semenyo, had struggled to find the back of the net with much regularity before discovering his shooting boots and hitting 22 goals in the Championship for Birmingham the season before his move to the Saints.
Therefore, Southampton could jump the gun and sign Semenyo before he starts hitting the back of the net on a consistent basis, as that will only see his market value rise further after his impressive 2020/21 campaign.
If they do bring in Semenyo this summer, there seems no reason why he can’t follow in Adams’ footsteps under Hasenhuttl’s guidance and become a regular goalscorer in the Premier League.