Saints Make Enquiry After Manchester United Left Back ! WHY ?
Monday, 5th Oct 2020 08:42
Saints are said to have made an enquiry about taking Manchester United's left back Brandon Williams on loan, but the big question is why would they want to do this.
Media reports suggest that Saints have spoken to Manchester United about left back Brandon Williams, this seems a strange move given that Ryan Bertrand is still in good form and in Jake Vokins Saints have a potential replacement already lined up.
Although Williams is a talent, having only turned 20 a month ago he has little experience in the Premier League, last season he made 19 appearances, 11 of them in the starting line up and completed 1,005 minutes of football. Including 15 off the bench against Saints back in July.
So he has a few more minutes under his belt than Jake Vokins, but not that much more and it is hard to see how either Saints or indeed the player would benefit from the move, unless it is intended to move Ryan Bertrand on to another club before the window finally shuts.
But this would surely be folly, with a central defence still very vulnerable, Bertrand is the only experienced player in the back line, at the moment to play even Jake Vokins or Williams if he arrived would not be good.
Indeed what would be served for the player by sitting on our bench rather than United's, the fact is he is closer to a game in their first team than he would be our's, Luke Shaw has hardly been convincing since he joined United from Saints in the summer of 2014 and as he starts his 7th season at Old Trafford, yesterday's defeat to Spurs was only his 99th Premier League appearance for the Red Devils.
Last season's 24 appearances in the league was only the second time he has got into the 20's in terms of appearances and he has never made 30.
So in the short term Williams would surely be better staying where he is, he has a better chance of a game there than he has at St Mary's where in the same Bertrand has played 185 times in the Premier League for Saints and conversely has only failed to play over 30 games in a season twice.
So this deal sounds strange and more likely his agent trying to talk up his player, unless of course there is a longer term plan in place that involves Bertrand moving to another Premier League club, although it is hard to see who would be interested who would offer him a better level than Saints.
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