An exciting prospect for fans this week as news that Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is looking to bring in Diego Castro from Getafe. The 30-year-old winger is valued at around £4.5m and could prove a very useful addition to a young Saints midfield, should a deal be agreed.
Castro has been a valuable asset for Getafe this season, scoring eight goals in 37 appearances. His goals have come at important times with the majority of them contributing to victories for his team, proving that he may be worth the price tag. He is a talented winger who shows good pace and willing to run at defenders, with some superb dribbling skills that could provide Southampton with that added attacking threat, making him a worthy target for Pochettino.
Southampton’s current midfield set up demonstrates some excellent potential, with a number of young players beginning to shine through, but there is a concern for the lack of experience. If Pochettino’s side want to push for bigger things next season then there is a great need for some more experienced players to come in and support the younger members of the team.
Castro fits this bill perfectly, as a solid left-winger boasting some excellent experience in top flight football. His added skill and awareness could complement the superb energy of the younger players and really add to the fire power of this midfield unit. Players like Jack Cork, Adam Lallana and James Ward-Prowse could benefit from playing alongside Castro, furthering their development as players and pushing them to reach new levels next season, benefiting the whole team.
A rumour like this would however be a cause for concern for some members of the Saints squad. A player of such high calibre coming to the club with a solid reputation behind them would be looking to take their place in the starting line up, meaning someone will have to make way. Lallana may be the most concerned as Castro plays in his position and the competition for that starting place would very much hot up if Castro were to move.
However, there have been suggestions that Lallana should not be playing out wide in the Premier League as the defensive demands of the role have left him struggling. A case can be made that if Castro came to Saints, he could play out wide and Lallana could develop a role in a more central attacking position.
With rumours of Gaston Ramirez leaving the club this could be a perfect chance for Lallana to broaden his horizons and learn to play in a position that perhaps best suits his style. If Ramirez were to stay, I think there is still a big role for Lallana within the team as he could work in rotation with Castro and Ramirez, providing a bit more strength and depth.
This deal still remains a rumour and there has been no action taken yet on all accounts, but there is a strong feeling that Castro would be an excellent signing and addition to the team that demonstrates Pochettino’s and Southampton’s desire to move forward as a club and push for bigger achievements at the highest level.
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