In failing to hold on to the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne this summer, Southampton once again approach the new campaign with a selection of last season’s best players for the club frustratingly absent from St. Mary’s.
The recently acquired likes of Cuco Martina, Cedric Soares and Juanmi may eventually prove solid new additions to the Saints’ squad ahead of 2015/16, yet without further recruitments to the ranks on the south coast sooner rather than later, Ronald Koeman may ultimately fail to repeat his impressive successes of last season this time around.
However, with this signing of former Feyenoord captain and Holland international, Jordy Clasie, Southampton have certainly strengthened their position in the run up to the new term. If things go exceedingly well for the promising young Dutchman at his new club, the loyal St. Mary’s faithful could end up forgetting all about the recently departed Morgan Schneiderlin in the middle of the park altogether.
With the highly rated 24-year-old reuniting with his former boss from his Eredivisie days, Ronald Koeman may have just about sourced the ideal signing for his club going into the 2015/16 campaign – but just how successful will Jordy Clasie ultimately prove for Southampton in the Premier League?
The player himself predominantly arrives at St. Mary’s as a centre-midfielder who can pull his weight when both attacking and defending for his team. Clasie has been labelled the ‘Dutch Xavi’ for his impressive exploits in the past, and such a bold reputation certainly seems fitting for the 24-year-old considering how quickly he seems to be developing in the modern era.
Whilst Jordy Clasie seemingly knows what he’s doing in regards to finding his teammates in the final third, the young Dutchman usually goes about his business just in front of the back-four. His prowess for breaking up play and putting his foot in therefore come to the forefront when the former Feyenoord man is tasked with filling the defensive midfield position.
What Southampton’s latest signing displays most keenly however, is his all-round intelligence and know-how out on the pitch. Clasie seemingly possess a true ‘footballing brain’, which simply doesn’t crop up too often within the many gambles that take place across the ever treacherous summer transfer window. What the midfielder lacks in strength and stature, he more than makes up for with flawless vision and quality on the ball.
The Saints will ultimately look a great deal stronger with their new no. 4 manning the central positions. Alongside the powerful and no-nonsense Vincent Wanyama, Ronald Koeman has constructed himself a well-balanced midfield pairing that should cover most aspects ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. Yes, it certainly would have been nice to see Morgan Schneiderlin and Jordy Clasie together at St. Mary’s next term – yet as we all know by now – such an option is alas unavailable for Southampton ahead of the new season.
Graziano Pelle will have nonetheless likely greeted the signing of Clasie as great news for his own individual game at Southampton. The lofty Italian striker once held down a well-established partnership with the young Dutchman whilst they were both playing at Feyenoord – which must come as great news for the majority of the St. Mary’s faithful. Pelle himself could easily have an even better season next year with his former teammate back in place to supply him with some well measured ammunition from the middle of the park.
So then, although the losses of Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne in particular will still likely leave a great dent in the Saints squad ahead of the new season – 2015/16 ultimately looks a great deal more promising for Southampton fans with Jordy Clasie on board.
He may not quite seem it yet – but given enough of a chance in Ronald Koeman’s first team plans in the Premier League – the up and coming young Dutch talent will likely prove a massive hit on the south coast, even if some of the St. Mary’s faithful aren’t yet fully aware of the true potential on offer from their club’s latest signing.