Southampton have been linked again with a move for Manchester United left-back Brandon Williams recently, and the 20-year-old could be an excellent addition to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad.
The youngsters was linked with a move to the Saints during the summer but they were unable to finalise a deal, however, according to Sky Sports the South Coast club are set to reignite their interest in the Englishman in the upcoming January transfer window.
Following Manchester United’s summer signing of Alex Telles, the academy graduate has struggled for game time at Old Trafford so far this season, having made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League so far this season.
Southampton are low on left-back options in their squad, with Jack Stephens having filled in there when Ryan Bertrand was out injured earlier in the season.
Therefore, a move for Williams makes sense for Hasenhuttl, especially if the club don’t plan on renewing the contract of Bertrand, which is set to expire at the end of the current season.
Perhaps we could see a deal similar to the one which brought Kyle Walker-Peters to the South Coast club during the summer, as after an impressive loan spell last season he was keen to make his stay permanent.
During his time with the Red Devils, Williams has featured 41 times for the senior side, contributing one goal and three assists.
Therefore, despite being just 20, the £9.9 million rated defender would bring a fair amount of experience with him to Southampton, having also featured in the Champions League for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in recent seasons.
After Williams made his full United debut in a game against Partizan Belgrade last year, Solskjaer was full of praise for the youngster, saying:
“Brandon was, for me, man of the match.
“He’s been fantastic in the few games he’s played, the boy has no fear, he’s as brave as a lion and he got us the win.”
In 17 Premier League appearances last season, the 20-year-old averaged a very solid 6.71 rating for United, so it could definitely be argued that he would be a solid addition to the Saints squad and could provide good competition for Bertrand at left-back.