Ryan Bertand signing perfect for Southampton

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Southampton's capture of Ryan Bertrand looks to be a perfect solution for all parties, with the left-back happy with his latest move.

The English defender will replace Luke Shaw on the South Coast, and whilst only joining on loan, there is the option of a £10million deal at the end of the season.

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Although there might be some surprise that Ronald Koeman did not dip into his budget to make the signing permanent, it seems a logical and sensible decision by the Saints to take Bertrand on-loan first.


Southampton are trying to build on a young English core and the addition of Bertrand fits in well with this ethos. The Chelsea loanee also fits Southampton manager Koeman's style of play as he encourages his full-backs to bomb forward, something that Bertrand loves to do.

With a Champions League and Premier League winner's medal against his name, Bertrand has obviously got a winning mentality etched into his personality and this will also be something that he can bring to his new club.

He is also a full England international, who possess pace and a good cross, and it could be a very efficient signing for the South coast club, despite some groans that he is not as high profile a signing as was hoped.

Mentoring possibility

Another reason for Koeman to be happy with the signing is that he can help youngster Matt Targett with his continued development.

It is believed that Targett can grow to be as good as recently departed Shaw and with Bertrand set to become the club's first choice left-back, it leaves Targett out of the spotlight to continue his development.

Bertrand's Chelsea experiences will make him the perfect go-to guy for Targett should he need any advice, and just by watching the new signing in training will no doubt help his game improve.

If Targett significantly improves over the course of the campaign, then Southampton may choose not to use their option to sign Bertrand permanently, however, with the flexibility they have, it seems like another astute signing by Koeman as he builds his squad for the forthcoming season.

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