'Insane potential': Some Southampton fans react to reported interest in £4m ace
Southampton fans have welcomed a report linking the St Mary’s Stadium outfit with Matthew Hoppe.
According to 90min.de, the Saints are one of several Premier League teams preparing a bid for the Schalke striker.
As well as Southampton, the likes of Spurs, Newcastle and Wolves are also reportedly eyeing Hoppe.
Saints could land a bargain
The 20-year-old rose to prominence earlier this year with a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Hoffenheim.
This sparked a run of five goals in just three games, and Hoppe finished the season with six strikes and an assist from 22 games.
He has also been called up to the United States senior team already, making the bench for the Switzerland friendly in May.
It’s extremely unlikely that the 6ft 3in striker will remain at Schalke, given their relegation from the Bundesliga.
While Southampton fans are especially eager to sign Adam Armstrong, they also wouldn’t mind Hoppe.
With Armstrong then 100% yes .— Nick Graham (@nicksfc73) July 10, 2021
he’d be a good fit for ralph’s system and v cheap. like a young gabbi but puts in a shift pressing— Andrew Dakan (@yourboyandy8) July 9, 2021
6 goals in the equivalent of 14 games in the Bundesliga as a 19 year old. Schalke sucked, but do you think it is easier to score goals on a team that sucks? He has holes in his game, but he makes intelligent runs, a good first touch, finishes well with both feet, can be crafty.— Area X (@DTClark1) July 9, 2021
Definitely wouldn’t be a sexy signing, but he went from a unknown to being the leading goal scorer for schalke and he didn’t even appear until almost December. Also watch his hatty against Hoffenheim the runs and the finishes are nasty. He has potential especially for that cheap— Brandon (@TheTrueBking) July 9, 2021
Get him under contract asap along with Armstrong.— Darthspud 🏴 🏴☠️ 🏴 ⚽️ (@Darthspud2) July 9, 2021
He has insane potential— 🏴Josh #GaoOut🏴 (@saints_josh2) July 9, 2021