Southampton were heavily linked with centre-back Rob Dickie in 2020, and after a phenomenal start to the season with QPR, Ralph Hasenhuttl should consider bringing him to St Mary’s as a replacement for Jannik Vestergaard.
Both Southampton and Leeds United were linked with a move for Dickie during his time at Oxford United but he would join QPR later that summer, and he has been a star performer for the Loftus Road outfit during his time at the club.
Last season saw the 25-year-old win QPR’s Supporters’ Player of the Year award, as he made 43 appearances in the Championship, averaging a very impressive 7.17 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
He has started the new season in remarkable fashion, scoring in each of QPR’s games against Millwall, Leyton Orient and Hull City, earning the man-of-the-match award from WhoScored in all three of their games so far this season.
The centre-back’s average rating of 8.62/10 currently ranks him as the Championship’s second-best performer according to WhoScored, which suggests that he is more than ready to make the step up to the top flight, and he could be a great replacement for Vestergaard in Southampton’s back four.
Whilst his impressive start to the season is likely to elevate his price, Transfermarkt currently values Dickie at just £2.25m, which suggests that he could be a cheap, homegrown option for Southampton to consider this summer.
QPR manager Mark Warburton was full of praise for the centre-back last season, saying: “He’s getting better, Rob. He’s a young guy, has done very well and is still learning.
“He’s a very talented defender and there’s a lot more to come from him.”
Saturday’s defeat highlighted Southampton’s need for centre-back reinforcements, and if Dickie could maintain his start to the season in the Championship with the Saints, he would surely prove to be a superb addition to Hasenhuttl’s squad.
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