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Manchester City should sign Adam Lallana

Lallana is Saints' captain (©GettyImages)
Lallana is Saints' captain (©GettyImages).

Having been called into the England squad at the start of last season, its time for Southampton captain Adam Lallana to kick-on with his career.

It's a great shame following his elevation to the England squad that he wasn't able to keep his name at the forefront of Roy Hodgson's thinking for the wide positions as it is a position that is up for grabs ahead of the World Cup.

However, this season Lallana has started a lot better than he ended last time and it is not a coincidence that the Saints are flying high at the same time.

Now I am not suggesting for one moment that the 25-year-old should pursue a move from St Mary's, the club he has been with since he was a youngster.

However, from the other side, the 'bigger clubs' should sit up and take note at this English talent.

First of all, a lot is being made at the moment of a lack of English players at the top clubs, if anything signing a good Englishman will not only boost PR but it will help if the FA decide to impose any foreign player caps.

That is one reason for off the pitch but you actually needn't look that far as this is someone who can be a gem on the pitch.

How often do we see a technically gifted English midfielder, too many players to have broken through the ranks have pace and not a lot else.

In youth football the quick children are lauded far too much and it really effects the future of the game.

Lallana is something a bit different to that and is quickly becoming something of an all-round package.

So this 'big team' should have a look?

In my opinion, Manchester City should: Arsenal are overrun with creativity in those positions, as are Chelsea, while Manchester United probably need a higher profile signing to quell the fans anger.

City have always been regarded as fine in that area but i'm not so sure; Jesus Navas hasn't settled to the style of the Premier League yet, Samir Nasri can be incredibly frustrating and David Silva has gone a little off the boil.

There would be skepticism from City fan if the move ever did happen, they need only remember the flops Adam Johnson and Scott Sinclair recently.

However, I feel Lallana can flourish where those two failed; Johnson is one of the most predictable wingers in the Premier League and seems to lack a plan b, so does Sinclair but instead of being good at crossing like Johnson he just runs like mentioned earlier and has precious little to give other than that.

Lallana can mix it up. He can cross- he has to in a team with Rickie Lambert, he still has enough pace, he has tricks and skills and most importantly- he is unpredictable.

Yes, that unpredictability will lead to some mistakes but it can also lead to moments of magic, a lot of times this season he has also linked up well centrally with Dani Osvaldo and Lambert.

It probably won't happen but I would hope that the scouts are keeping their eye out.

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