Morgan Schneiderlin is the man Saints must keep

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If Ronald Koeman manages to keep hold of only one of Southampton's wanted stars this summer, he must ensure that man is Morgan Schneiderlin.

It would even be fair to say that he would be the stand-out candidate to be the Southampton captain this season, should he turn down overtures for a move away.

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Morgan Schneiderlin joined Southampton as an unknown French youngster from Strasbourg in 2008 for £1.2million, then a huge fee for the struggling South coast club, he has gone on to make a huge impact on their fortunes.

Speculation about his future

The midfielder has been targeted by both Arsenal and Tottenham this summer, after being called late into Didier Deschamps' France World Cup squad following another fine season at St.Mary's.

With Arsenal lacking a strong, athletic holding-midfielder and Tottenham with his old mentor in charge, it looks as though the Frenchman might be set to leave for a bigger club.


But that is exactly the reason Southampton must keep hold of him. With Schneiderlin in his favoured defensive-midfield position, coupled with the ability to make lung-bursting runs into the opposition penalty box, Koeman can build his team around one of the somewhat unsung heroes at the club.

The 24-year-old topped the Premier League's rankings for both interceptions with 139 and 146 tackles (Stats from Opta Sports) in the 2012-13 season, and has added goals to his game since then.

Although the fans that watch him week-in, week-out will not be suprised of the glances made his way, they may have their fingers crossed that he remains at the club for the coming season.

Koeman influence

With Schneiderlin yet to return to training following the World Cup, he may not have had the chance to speak in-person with manager Ronald Koeman.

This could be where the club holds it's trump card. For Schneiderlin has made no secret of his admiration for the work of Pochettino, however once he speaks face-to-face with his new boss, he may decide that he can flourish further still under the stewardship of the Dutch legend.

If Koeman was to tell Schneiderlin that his reward for amassing 226 appearances in six years at the club was to take over the captaincy and become the fulcrum of the new-look Southampton side, would he turn it down?

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