Southampton could be unlikely winners of Premier League transfer window after ‘copying Borussia Dortmund model’ and signing ‘fearless’ young players September 2, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Southampton could be the unlikely winners of the transfer window and their policy is starting to look like the Borussia Dortmund model.

That’s the view of talkSPORT’s Alex Crook after the Saints splashed out more than £80million during the transfer window on 10 new signings.

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Southampton have gone under the radar but their recruits have quickly impressed

Ralph Hasenthuttl’s summer strategy to reduce the age of his squad has started to take shape after heavily investing on up-and-coming talent.

Of those 10, four are teenagers, while the oldest imports are 25-year-olds Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Duje Caleta-Car.

Crook believes that despite the influx of new faces, Southampton’s aim will still be top-flight survival and that the club appear to be adopting a similar transfer strategy to Borussia Dortmund by purchasing untried young players and later selling them on for a higher fee.

“I think survival is the aim at this moment in time because it’s a work in progress,” Crook told talkSPORT. “Long term I almost think they are copying the Borussia Dortmund model because they’re signing these young players.

“Two players from Manchester City for £16m combined. They think that they can do that, nurture them, put them straight in the first team and then sell them for big profit.

“It’s risky as young players make mistakes but as we saw against Chelsea the other night, young players play with no fear.

Southampton’s young guns overcame Chelsea 2-1 on Tuesday night at St. Mary’s

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Southampton’s young guns overcame Chelsea 2-1 on Tuesday night at St. Mary’s


A rundown of Southampton’s new signings

Gavin Bazunu

The Saints picked up promising Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu from Manchester City for £12.6m after Fraser Forster departed for Tottenham.

Bazunu played for Manchester City Under 21s and last season had a spell on loan at Southampton’s bitter rival Portsmouth. The 20-year old has earned 10 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Sekou Mara

France under 21 striker Sekou Mara signed for £11.7m after former club Bordeaux were relegated from the French top flight.

Mara was the bright spark in a wretched season for the Ligue 1 club last season, scoring seven goals during his breakout season. The exciting Frenchman could be one to watch at St. Mary’s over the coming months.

Romeo Lavia

Tough tackling Belgian midfielder Romeo Lavia made the switch from Manchester City for £11m after a string of excellent performances in the Premier League 2.

Lavia has already open his account for the club scoring in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory against Chelsea.

Croatian Centre-back Duje Caleta-Car move to Southampton on deadline day for £9m

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Croatian Centre-back Duje Caleta-Car move to Southampton on deadline day for £9m

Duje Caleta-Car

The 25-year-old Croatian international signed late on deadline day from Marseille in a deal worth around £9m.

Caleta-Car was a mainstay in the Marseille side that reached the Europa Conference League semi-final last season. The combative defender made 130 appearances for the Ligue 1 club after arriving in 2018.

Armel Bella-Kotchap

The Saints coughed up £9m for the promising 20-year old German defender from Bundesliga outfit VFL Bochum.

Despite his tender age, he made 74 appearances for the German side and has performed admirably during his first four appearances for Southampton, registering one assist.

Joe Aribo scored Rangers’ goal int he Europa Final final against Eintracht Frankfurt in May

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Joe Aribo scored Rangers’ goal int he Europa Final final against Eintracht Frankfurt in May

Joe Aribo

The star of Rangers’ Europa League final defeat back in May, Midfielder Joe Aribo made a £6.3m move to the south coast this summer.

Aribo is a versatile player who can play centrally or in wide positions and opened his account for the Saints in last month’s 2-2 draw against Leeds United.

Mateusz Lis

The Polish under 21 goalkeeper arrived from Turkish second division club Altay SK on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old didn’t stick around long though as he was immediately shipped off to French Ligue 1 side Troyes on a season-long loan.

Samuel Edozie

The left-winger was brought in by Ralph Hasenhuttl from Manchester City under 21s on deadline day.

Edozie, 19, signed a five year deal at St.Mary’s and will be eager to make his name in the Premier League after impressing in Premier League 2.

Juan Larios

The 18-year-old left-back followed Edozie from Manchester City to Southampton on deadline day on a five-year deal. Larios and Edozie will cost the Saint’s a combined £16m fee.

The Spaniard spent two-years at the Etihad Stadium after leaving Barcelona and now gets his opportunity to stake a claim in the Premier League after a stint in City’s U21 side.

Maitland-Niles has moved to Southampton in search of first-team football

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Maitland-Niles has moved to Southampton in search of first-team football

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

The 25-year-old midfielder moves to St. Mary’s on loan from Arsenal after falling down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta.

The move represents his third-consecutive season on loan after turning out for West Brom in 2021, then Jose Mourinho’s Roma last season where he picked up a Europa Conference League winners medal.

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