Southampton are reportedly one of the clubs looking to secure a deal for Hull City starlet Keane Lewis-Potter in the January transfer window.
A report from the Hull Daily Mail back in September confirmed that Southampton were keen on a deal and had been scouting the 20-year-old after the impressive start he has made to his career. After managing the youngster’s transition into first-team football, Hull boss Grant McCann has also heaped praise on Lewis-Potter in the past.
"“The kid’s a special talent. Wherever we play him across that frontline, he’ll create and score goals. He can be anything he wants to be. He’s quick, he’s getting stronger. If you see him physically now compared to where he was this time last year, he’s head and shoulders above in terms of his physique. He’s got all the tools to be anything he wants.”"
Lewis-Potter could be an excellent investment for Southampton
Southampton are said to have stiff competition if they are to go for Lewis-Potter in January. Leicester, Brentford and West Ham are just three sides to have also been linked with a move.
Saints may well have an ace up their sleeve in this scenario with their proven record of providing a development step for many players before eventually selling them on for big money. The player benefits from sustained Premier League football, Saints get a top player and an asset to build up and clubs like Hull gain a transfer fee and potential clauses (sell-on percentages etc.).
There are several roles that Lewis-Potter could take in the Southampton team too. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s 4-2-2-2 system features two strikers and two number 10s and he could seemingly play either role given his impressive goalscoring record.
86 appearances for Hull have yielded 20 goals and 10 assists so far as Lewis-Potter proves his uncanny knack for providing important contributions in attack. A step up to the Premier League would need even better performances but there is clear potential.
Southampton may be looking for a shake-up in their attack at some point. The likes of Moi Elyounoussi, Nathan Redmond and Nathan Tella have struggled to contribute in terms of creativity so far this season in the absence of key man Stuart Armstrong.