Southampton are reportedly interested in signing Polish International Jan Bednarek as the club look to revamp their squad for the upcoming Premier League season.
Bednarek had an impressive season with Lech Poznan this past season and has apparently caught the eye of Southampton scouts who are looking to bolster their backline which conceded a total of 48 goals. The club has certainly done well for itself financially in the last few years and will aim for a better finish in the Premier League.
The Polish International is presently tied to his club till 2020 and is set to be valued at around €6m, a deal which could make Jan the costliest player in Polish top-flight history.
Let’s take a look at the stats of the player.
Standing at a shade over 6’2″ the player has been a commendable figure at the back for the Polish Club.
The player has featured a total of 34 times in all competitions for the club going on to score and assist one goal which goes to show the player’s fitness and consistency at the back at such a tender age.
The player’s no-nonsense attitude in fending off attacks and early threats have earned him accolades from fans and experts alike with many claiming the youngster has the potential to be one of the top-rated defenders in the coming years.
Although predominantly right-footed, the player has a decent left foot and can pass the ball well. (Stats via Transfermarkt)
What’ll he offer the Club?
Southampton’s recent activities point towards the fact that the club officials are not happy with mediocre results anymore and want to be better and build for the future. Their sacking of Claude Puel just goes to exemplify that fact.
With the 21-year old on the team and his calmness and composure at the back, the Saints could be looking at a long-term solution for a solid centre-back, if van Dijk leaves.
Although the player would be relatively new to the Premier League still it is something that has never stopped the St. Mary’s from investing in young talents and this case seems to be no different.
With proper guidance and experience, the youngster could well turn out to be a top player. And with the club’s future ambitions in mind, they should start plucking raw talents from foreign leagues in order to be a formidable force in the Premier League.
Worth the money?
With all the hype and enthusiasm surrounding the highly rated defender, the investment of €6m does seem like something that the St. Mary’s should make. Southampton have seen their star talents being lured away by many Premier League bigwigs for quite some time in the recent seasons and it doesn’t look like change.
Although they have a good academy, signing young players from abroad and chiselling them could be something that they should look at as there’s no guarantee the production line will continue to give good, raw talents.