Southampton have developed an enviable credibility for enhancing young players throughout the years following a number of signings and academy graduates in the Premier League going on to do excellent things.
The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Dejan Lovren are simply some of those who have actually either been signed by the club and sold on at an earnings, or show up through the academy before sealing a big-money exit.
One player who might be in the middle of that journey is right-back Kyle Walker-Peters. The defender is currently in his second full season for the Saints, having initially joined on loan during the 2019/20 project ahead of signing completely in the summer of 2020.
Has Walker-Peters been a good signing?
This convinced the Saints to sign him completely from Tottenham in the summertime of 2020, with Transfermarkt valuing him at ₤ 7.2 m at the time.
The 24-year-old went on to start 30 of Southampton’s 38 Premier League matches in the 2020/21 campaign, averaging a WhoScored rating of 6.84. He enhanced defensively as he averaged 4.1 takes on and interceptions per game, showing that he was able to grow as a defender and suppress more aggressors by either taking the ball off a challenger or checking out a pass to obstruct it and gain back possession for the Saints.
Throughout the campaign, his market value soared. It went from ₤ 7.2 m to ₤ 10.8 m in October before soaring to ₤ 13.5 m in December and after that ₤ 16.2 m— where it currently sits– in May 2021. This indicates that his market price has risen 125% from ₤ 7.2 m to ₤ 16.2 m given that he finished his long-term transfer to Southampton, showing that his signing has actually been a masterstroke by Hasenhuttl.
Upon Walker-Peters’ arrival at the club, the former RB Leipzig coach hailed him as a smart player and claimed that he could improve even more.
The Austrian stated: “He is a very good suitable for our design. He is a young, intelligent player, and he is great on the ball, with great quickness and an ability to play this extreme style that we like.
“I am extremely happy we have actually had the ability to bring him back as our player, as this is a position that we have been aiming to enhance in and Kyle does this for us. I believe he can develop his game even more here too.”
Walker-Peters’ 125% boost in worth reveals that Hasenhuttl has managed a masterstroke, as his preliminary remarks show that he saw the potential in the defender. The Austrian has actually had the ability to assist the former Spurs gem develop as a player in the past 18 months and the 24-year-old could be well on his method to making a big-money transfer in the future, or ideally ending up being an essential player at St Mary’s for years to come.