Southampton right-back Yan Valery’s has been linked with a loan move to Birmingham City, which could be a great opportunity for the Frenchman to rediscover his form.
It was reported earlier on deadline day that the 21-year-old could be set to join the Championship side on loan for the rest of the season, however, that move could be in jeopardy as the Saints are yet to bring in any defensive reinforcements.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has seen potential moves for Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Japhet Tanganga fall through on deadline day, which leaves just Kyle Walker-Peters as a natural right-back in the Austrian’s squad, should Valery move to Aitor Karanka’s side in the coming hours.
We saw on Saturday night’s defeat against Aston Villa that Hasenhuttl does not currently favour Valery, as James Ward-Prowse was selected ahead of the defender at right-back, with Moussa Djenepo also featuring there in the second half.
Therefore, a move to the Championship could be ideal for the Saints youngster, who has struggled for game time since Walker-Peters arrival from Spurs last January.
It seems as if his loan move very much depends on whether or not Southampton can bring in another defender before the 11 pm deadline, and it would be a big shame if he were to end up staying with the Saints for the rest of the season, as you worry that he could find himself back with David Horseman’s B team once Walker-Peters returns from injury.
Valery and Hasenhuttl will both surely be desperate for some defensive cover to be brought in so that the right-back can complete his move to Birmingham, where hopefully he can rediscover the form that marked him out as a really promising player a couple of seasons ago.
Therefore, Martin Semmens must act quickly to bring in the players that Hasenhuttl needs, so that Valery’s loan exit can be completed before tonight’s deadline.
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