Five Dutch talents for Southampton to consider in January
Matt Haynes | November 17, 2015
Southampton have made great progress in the Premier League, with savvy signings and smart pieces of business (including transfers out of the club). However, this term there has been a certain Dutch influence (Maarten Stekelenburg, Virgil van Dijk and Jordy Clasie) which has had a great effect.
As a result, with this something that seems to paying off, Coral suggest five potential Dutch signings for manager Ronald Koeman (a Dutchman himself) to consider in the winter window, with Southampton 6/4 from Coral for a top six finish this term.
Currently at PSV Eindhoven, the 22-year-old attacking midfielder is blessed with talent and has the potential to dovetail delightfully with Clasie. Not strictly from the Netherlands, he has Moroccan descent, though is a Dutch international. Gifted on the ball, maestro Maher can certainly do a job for Southampton.
Part of the next generation of defenders coming through the ranks, the 23-year-old Ajax centre back has an abundance of talent and can form a great relationship with compatriot Van Dijk, who has hit the ground running on the south coast, since his move from Celtic.
Robin van Persie
While some may think we’re making mischief, this could be a signing that may make sense. Understood to be unhappy at Fenerbahce, the former Feyenoord, Arsenal and Manchester United forward may relish the opportunity to make a move back to the Premier League and Southampton is an interesting destination. The only stumbling block would be his wages, though he would be the main man and could enjoy attempting to steer the Saints into a top four finish.
Another PSV player, the 25-year-old is highly versatile, able to operate on either wing, through the middle, or with another striker. Whether Koeman would be convinced is another matter, though there could well be a bargain to be had here.
Jonathan de Guzman
Would add substantial steel to Southampton’s midfield and has played in the Premier League before, while on loan at Swansea City. Much would depend on whether he would leave Napoli, though there is no doubt that the 28-year-old has the requisite experience to take the Saints to the next level.
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