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Southampton should look at Danny Drinkwater to replace Mario Lemina

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Southampton should look at Danny Drinkwater to replace Mario Lemina

The Chelsea flop looks set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl will be hoping to fire the Saints up the Premier League next season.

The Austrian was appointed as the successor to Mark Hughes back in December, leading the club to a 16th place finish.

Having staved off the serious threat of relegation last time around, the 2019/20 campaign is all about progression.

So far Hasenhuttl has added Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo to his ranks, with more to follow.

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Mario Lemina might not be part of the squad moving forward. The midfielder is attracting interest from Everton, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The 25-year-old is seen as a replacement for Idrissa Gueye.

Lemina’s departure would surely see the Saints seek a replacement.

One man who may jump at a move to St Mary’s is Chelsea flop, Danny Drinkwater.


After winning the Premier League with Leicester, the midfielder signed for Chelsea in a deal worth £35 million (The Guardian).

The 29-year-old has played just 23 games in two years at Stamford Bridge and needs to play football.

Blues boss Frank Lampard will listen to offers for the outcast (Daily Mail) and he’d be perfect for the Saints.

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Drinkwater needs to revive his career and regular football would be guaranteed at Southampton.

A similar midfielder to Lemina, the man paid £100,000-a-week would slot effortlessly into the Saints midfield.

Given his failure at Chelsea, it seems unlikely they will recoup anything like what they paid for him.

The deal should be affordable for the Saints and the chance to sign a proven winner like Drinkwater would provide Hasenhuttl with a real coup.

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