With the World Cup break now in impact, and the final Premier League video games having been performed, solely a handful of Southampton gamers will depart for Qatar this winter.
That leaves Nathan Jones with a comparatively full squad with which he can start instilling his philosophy.
Ought to Southampton signal Zakaria Aboukhlal?
Nonetheless, as is at all times the best way with this competitors, the platform to announce one’s self on the best stage of all typically attracts up some sensational tales and switch rumours to department off them too.
With the Saints, it appears certainly one of their targets is about to journey with Morocco in Zakaria Aboukhlal, and may he star, it might improve the value tag on the already £8.7m-rated star.
The tough 22-year-old has solely freshly moved to France, the place he has loved a nice begin to life in Toulouse. He boasts three targets and three assists in Ligue 1, the place he has featured on each wings and as a centre ahead.
Historically a proper winger, nonetheless, he might provide a nice various to the underperforming Mohamed Elyounoussi, who’s but to attain this marketing campaign.
It appears, given reviews, that the south coast membership will battle with Leicester Metropolis to realize the 5 foot 10 speedster’s signature. Each golf equipment plan to observe him over the upcoming worldwide match.
Given his youth, 13 caps mark a formidable return to this point, having grown up taking part in for the Netherlands youth groups till the U20 stage.
Now travelling to face Belgium, Croatia and Canada in Group F of the World Cup, he has been handed a tricky however huge stage to actually showcase his credentials.
What would possible assist him translate his expertise and clear goalscoring prowess to English soccer is his physicality, which Hanif Ben Berkane praised in a Tweet in regards to the ahead the place he labelled him a “bodily monster” who’s “hyper combative.”
Jones will need to get this deal sealed as quickly as potential with not solely the Foxes however possible many extra suitors to affix within the pursuit of Aboukhlal.
He appears to be slowly bettering with every season, and will now explode in Qatar.