One Premier League agent has tipped Southampton to be a no-brainer move for Manchester United youngster Brandon Williams.
The left-back has been linked with a loan move to the south coast following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s signing of Alex Telles. Speaking to The Athletic, the unnamed agent has stated that the 20-year-old would be “absolutely mental” not to join a side like Ralph Hasenhuttl’s.
“Younger lads that didn’t go on loan will force a move,” the agent said. “Brandon Williams doesn’t want to be No.3 left-back at United. He would be absolutely mental to not go somewhere like Leeds or Southampton. Or a top-half Championship club.”
Although the transfer window has now closed, Southampton would benefit from snapping up the United defender in January, who may become unhappy with his lack of game time. With a loan move not coming to fruition so far and Telles now challenging Luke Shaw, it’s likely Williams will becoming frustrated very quickly as he slips down the pecking order.
The Man United Academy graduate is now at the age where he needs to showcase his abilities with regular game time. Solskjaer certainly values the Englishman, branding him an “outstanding” player in a recent interview. However, with senior personnel to compete with, big chances for Williams will now be few and far between.
The 20-year-old’s hunger to play would inject the Saints squad with energy moving forwards as well as across the backline.
Southampton would hugely benefit from adding a player like Williams to their ranks. Hasenhuttl currently has just two fit left-backs, with one being 20-year-old Jake Vokins, who has played just one game of Premier League football so far.
Not only will the England youth international challenge Ryan Bertrand on the left, but he could also put pressure on new addition Kyle Walker-Peters. As highlighted by Transfermarkt, Williams can play on either side of the defence, which makes him a double threat for Southampton’s current wing-backs.
The friendly competition could healthily stack Hasenhuttl’s squad, with the Saints looking to gradually climb the table as each season goes on.