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Morgan Schneiderlin proves credentials against Chelsea

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Morgan Schneiderlin showed why he is much sought after, following another impressive display in Southampton's 1-1 draw with league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The French international is reported to be a wanted man this summer with a host of top clubs interested in him, and after a dominant display at the heart of the Saints midfield, it is easy to see why.

Sitting alongside Victor Wanyama, the 5ft 9in midfielder is given the freedom to roam around and break up the play, which is exactly what he did as the visitors stifled the Chelsea attack and came away with a valuable point.

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Athletic ability

Although not the tallest, Schneiderlin has a way of covering the ground quickly in big strides meaning he is both difficult to get around but also to get away from.

Whilst his midfield partner might be the bigger built of the two, where Wanyama has the powerful presence of an enforcer, Schneiderlin's athletic prowess means he is comfortable moving from box-to-box allowing him to support at both ends of the pitch.

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This was key for his side in yesterday's draw with Jose Mourinho's side. The Frenchman was always on-hand to pick up the loose ball and start his side on the break, whilst when a decisive block or tackle was needed, there he was again.

Hub of the team

Ronald Koeman has obviously identified Schneiderlin and Wanyama as the hub of his side, and as such, much of the game revolves around the pair.

Whilst Wanyama sits and gives protection in front of the defence, it is his partner who is central to the majority of moves, whether that entails switching the play or breaking forward into space.

The duo have formed such a solid partnership this season that they should be considered as the Premier League's best midfield pairing.

Superb display

Schneiderlin was arguably man of the match at Stamford Bridge and after studying the facts, his case becomes even stronger than it was at the time.

Having had the most touches of any Southampton player, the former-Strasbourg man had the best pass completion on either side.

He also become the first player to win possession on more than 20 occasions in a single match, whilst making more tackles and interceptions against Chelsea than any player this season. 

Wanted man

The problem that will come from Schneiderlin's impressive performances and statistics is that he could almost walk into any side in Europe on current form.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman will be keen to avoid a repeat of last summer when the club stood firm over the midfielder's request to leave.

That being said, they are going to face a struggle to do so with a host of top sides reportedly interested.

If the Saints can qualify for Europe they might be able to hold on to the star for one more season, but if not they might have to make sure that they squeeze out every penny from a deal for a player at the height of his powers.

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