Danny Mills has offered his thoughts on Jannik Vestergaard’s future at Southampton amid interest from Tottenham.
The former England international has claimed that Southampton “might be ready” to cash in on Jannik Vestergaard this summer as the centre-back only has 12 months left on his contract.
Tottenham are reportedly interested in the ex-Monchengladbach colossus and Mills believes that he would be a good signing for the north London club.
“I think he’s a good player and that’s not just what he’s done at the Euros. He was a good player before that.
“Never just buy a player off the back of four or five games at the European Championship. That’s never a wise move.
“But he’s been a good player long before that. Playing in the Euros has confirmed how good he is. Yes, I think it will be a good move.
“Coming from Southampton it will be a step up. With a year left if they get good money for him, they might just be ready to take it.”
Fans will be fuming with Mills’ comments and hoping that he is incorrect.
Southampton should be trying to avoid selling Vestergaard this summer and, instead, attempt to pin him down to fresh terms as he is an important part of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans.
The 28-year-old enjoyed a superb season in the Premier League and then continued his good form into the European Championships for Denmark.
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown once compared the 6 foot 6 Dane to ex-Saints star Virgil van Dijk, in terms of the way he uses the ball in possession.
“It’s his passing. It reminds me of Van Dijk.
“I call it a stationary platform. When you don’t run with the ball you stop and when you look at those two, the way they ping balls, the way he threads things into midfield, the challenges, he’s a big man.”
This emphasises how important keeping the centre-back is to Southampton and why Martin Semmens must not cash in on him this summer.
He must work hard to agree on a contract extension with the £16.2m-rated defender between now and January. If by that point he has not put pen to paper then the club could look into selling him and replacing him before they lose him for nothing.
Supporters would be frustrated if Southampton made no attempts to keep hold of their star centre-back and decided to sell him to Spurs ahead of the 2021/22 campaign. Hopefully, that will not be the case and Mills’ comments will not come to pass.