Vegard Forren to fight for Southampton place, what impact can he have next season?

The 25-year-old defender has rejected suggestions of a loan move, will Forren be a Southampton regular next season?

Before he completed his move to Southampton in January, Vegard Forren had been linked with several Premier League clubs including Liverpool, and there was plenty of expectation that the Norwegian player would become an important player for Mauricio Pochettino’s team in the second half of the season.

However Forren did not make a single appearance for Southampton, and with Dejan Lovren already signed this summer, there have been questions about his future at the club.

His former club, Molde, have apparently sounded out the possibility of loaning back Forren, but his swift rebuttal of any such much has indicated that he will be fighting for a first team place next season, and his agent, Jim Solbakken, has explained that the defender was always expecting to take time to settle.

“When we took Vegard to Southampton it was obviously in the middle of the season (in England) and he came from holiday, so it was agreed he was going to build his fitness towards this summer's pre-season and upcoming season," Solbakken said.

"It is obviously a huge step for a player coming from Norway to the Premier League and it takes time.

"He is patient, ready and committed to that. We knew what was coming and we all agreed."

Before coming to Southampton Forren was a key player for Molde as they won the league under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and Liverpool were not the only major side interested in him. That talent is still there, and if having settled at the club, and got a full pre-season under his belt, there is every chance that Forren could be a major part of the Southampton side next season alongside Lovren.

Southampton’s other options did not always excel in a team that conceded 60 goals last season, but as Pochettino reshapes his squad, Jose Fonte and Jos Hooiveld will certainly be fighting for a starting place. Forren clearly believes he can win that battle, and it will be interesting to see if the Norwegian makes good on his promise next year.

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