Monday 24 November 2014

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman ready to invest in youth

Andrew Tong

Published 07/08/2014 | 02:30

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says the club's recruitment policy for players will centre around young talent. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says the club's recruitment policy for players will centre around young talent. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

After seeing swathes of Southampton's successful team of the last campaign heading for the exit at St Mary's, new manager Ronald Koeman is starting to make his presence felt.

Yesterday the club announced the signing of the exciting Algeria midfielder Saphir Taïder from Internazionale on a season-long loan.

However, the deal means that another player is on the way out, albeit not permanently. Unsettled striker Dani Osvaldo moves in the opposite direction on the same basis, meaning that Southampton are still in dire need of extra resources.

The 22-year-old Taïder, who played in two matches at the World Cup, arrived at San Siro a year ago after spending two seasons at another Serie A club, Bologna.

"It's part of our philosophy to bring in talented young players who like to learn and develop themselves and that's true of Saphir," said Koeman.

"He can play as a controlled midfielder, but he can also move up around the box and up front.

"That's a good thing for a coach or manager because it brings more possibilities to the players in the team.

"He brings competition to the squad. He can still learn some things, so we will train him and develop him this season."

Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Ryan Bertrand have already been recruited following the departures of Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren.

The Saints had been looking to offload their record signing Osvaldo.

The Italian striker cost Southampton £15m a year ago, but was sent out on loan to Juventus in January following a three-match ban for violent conduct at Newcastle and a training-ground altercation with the defender Jose Fonte.

The former Roma player then failed to turn up for pre-season training. (© Independent News Service)

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