Ralph Hasenhuttl praises Brandon Williams amid Southampton interest in loan transfer
Ralph Hasenhuttl has described Brandon Williams as an ‘interesting’ player amid claims by Hampshire Live that the Manchester United defender remains an active target for Southampton.
The Saints have explored potential deals for Williams over a number of transfer windows, and Hasenhuttl still holds the 20-year-old in high regard as CEO Martin Semmens establishes his plans for the upcoming market.
Hasenhuttl remains hopeful of bringing the full-back to St. Mary’s on loan for the 2021/22 campaign, but also has a list of potential alternatives who would meet the Austrian coach’s defined list of set requirements.
Williams failed to establish a prominent role at Old Trafford during the now-concluded 2020/21 season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer favouring Luke Shaw at left-back in line with the Saints product’s rejuvenated form.
Williams enjoyed his most frequent run in the Manchester United side during the early stages of the Carabao Cup and as a rotational piece in the Europa League, while also rarely turning out in the Reds Devils’ Under 23s.
Yet his skillset remains attractive for Hasenhuttl, who has now lost Arsenal and Leicester City target (talkSPORT) Ryan Bertrand after the full-back announced he would be leaving Southampton as a free agent this summer.
“He is an interesting player and a good player, yes,” Hasenhuttl told Hampshire Live of Williams.
While the 2020/21 season was an effective write off for Williams, he featured heavily in the previous campaign and showed he could offer a solid defensive presence at full-back and push on to score and create chances.
The 20-year-old would also be capable of offering Hasenhuttl a versatile defensive option next season with his ability to play at left or right-back, and still has plenty of time to put a wasted season behind him and kick on in the game.
Whether he would be an ideal replacement for Bertrand would remain to be seen, though, as the former England international was a consistently solid player for the Saints over the past six years and could make Hasenhuttl’s defence look vastly stronger when in form.
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