Will Pochettino poach Saints players for Spurs?
Following the news of Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment as new Tottenham manager, Coral writers have come up with a list of five current Southampton players the Argentine could take with him to White Hart Lane.
Spurs will be desperate to finish in the top four next season, and are 11/4 sixth-favourites to achieve that feat.
France World Cup standby and long-term Saints player Schneiderlin has really made his name this season, with some outstanding performances in a holding midfield role to help his side to a very respectable eighth-place finish.
Schneiderlin, 24, has been linked with a move to Spurs’ neighbours Arsenal in recent weeks, but can Pochettino work his magic and get one over his new arch-rivals by poaching the player from under their noses?
Spurs currently have the likes of Sandro, Etienne Capoue and Jake Livermore in the defensive midfield role, but they have all failed to live up to expectations this term, due to lack of form, injury and a loan spell at Hull City respectively.
Liverpool target Lallana (11/4 for Tottenham to be his next club), reportedly the subject of a £20m bid from the Reds, would be another fantastic addition to a Spurs side seemingly lacking creativity or motivation this season.
Although Tottenham finished 13 points ahead of Southampton in the table, they managed just one goal more, and Lallana’s nine goals and six assists in the Premier League would be a great boost.
The World Cup call-up for England insists he is focused on the tournament in Brazil, however. “Whether my future gets sorted before or after the World Cup makes no difference to me. I am just fully focused on doing well for England and performing as well as I can,” the 26-year-old said.
Southampton reportedly received a £27m bid from Manchester United for teenage left back Shaw, but a move seems to have stalled, especially since Patrice Evra’s contract extension. So can Pochettino and Spurs hijack a move for the new England star?
Shaw is still just 18-years-old, but his mature and consistent performances this season have attracted much interest. With Tottenham having just Danny Rose and Benoit Assou-Ekotto on their books at left back, the addition of Shaw would be much-welcomed.
Roy Hodgson decided to pick Shaw ahead of England centurion Ashley Cole on his roster for Brazil, so that just shows the faith that high figures have already showed in him at such a young age.
Arguably Southampton’s best player this season with his solid and flawless displays, he managed to help the club keep 12 clean sheets from his 31 league games.
Another of Saints’ targeted players, it seems he will make the next step up this summer, with the likes of Liverpool, Man Utd and Roma being linked with him in recent weeks.
The Croatian, who will go to the World Cup this summer, could be seen playing next to fellow Eastern European Vlad Chiriches, of Romania, next term at the back to shore up their leaky defence that let in 51 league goals.