Not Lallana! Five other Southampton players Tottenham should target this summer

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After the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino we take a look at five Southampton stars who would be good additions at White Hart Lane this summer

After Mauricio Pochettino was confirmed as the new Tottenham Hotspur manager earlier today, there are likely to be plenty of new arrivals around White Hart Lane.

Pochettino’s forward-thinking, high-pressing, technically demanding game is one which requires a certain type of player and although many of the Spurs squad that are suited to this style of play it is clear they will need additions if they are to fully adapt to it.

And the Argentine’s former club, Southampton, many prove to be a happy hunting ground for the new boss to target.

The Saints enjoyed their best ever Premier League finish last campaign, when they elevated themselves to eighth in the table, but it looks as if many of their prized assets may head to pastures new this summer.

In this article we take a look at five who could potentially end up joining their old manager at White Hart Lane.

Luke Shaw

The 18-year-old has been a revelation in his breakthrough season at Southampton. A mainstay in Saints’ first-team, he has dazzled supporters with his non-stop energy and blistering pace which has led to him being part of the England team for the upcoming World Cup.

As a left-back he is also a player in a position Spurs desperately need a quality player in. Danny Rose, Kyle Naughton and Zeki Fryers have all played there this season, but have been underwhelming, whilst Jan Vertonghen is more adept at centre-half.

Shaw is likely to set Spurs back a lot of money, and they will have to fight off interest from a host of more reputed clubs, but if they could bring him to White Hart Lane it would be a fantastic addition.

Dejan Lovren

A centre-back who has impressed in his first season in England, Lovren would be an ideal candidate to solve Tottenham’s problems in this area.

Pochettino’s new side have been linked with Rio Ferdinand today, but the Croatian looks a much better option.

Lovren has proven he is suited to playing Pochettino’s brand of football and would add quality and numbers in a position Tottenham are desperately lacking in.

Morgan Schneiderlin

The Frenchman has travelled up from League One with Southampton and been a part of their dramatic rise to prominence in the English game.

As such, it is a testament to his ability that he has always looked comfortable at whatever level Saints have been playing at.

Schneiderlin is still only 24-years-old, meaning he has plenty of time to learn, but it is likely that he would be able to fit in even in a side with Champions League ambitions like Spurs.

A competent passer, he is also very mobile and secure defensively.

James Ward-Prowse

The young central-midfielder is quickly developing a reputation as one of the finest prospects in England.

A technically gifted player, Ward-Prowse possesses a style of play that is too rare in English players in the modern game.

He would be a player who Spurs could look to bring in gradually and start to plot building a team around.

After giving Pochettino a five-year contract, it suggests Spurs are finally thinking about the long-term and Ward-Prowse would be the perfect signing for this.

Jay Rodriguez

With Roberto Soldado faltering in his first season in England and Emmanuel Adebayor famously unreliable, it is likely that Spurs will be looking for a goalscorer this summer.

Rodriguez is equally competent playing out on a wing as he is leading the line, but would be a likely target for Pochettino’s Spurs.

He looked a dead-cert to make the England squad for the World Cup, before an injury ruled out his chances, but he still possesses a great deal of talent for one so young.

He scored 15 goals in 33 Premier League games last campaign and it is likely that Pochettino will be hoping to be reunited with the former Burnley man at his new club.            

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