Coud Southampton's signing of Elia could force Isgrove to move away?

Southampton's Lloyd Isgrove may need to leave the club to get the first team football that he craves.

Southampton's impending signing of Eljero Elia could cause Lloyd Isgrove to consider his future at the club. 

The Saints announced yesterday that Elia would join up with the team in January as Ronald Koeman looks to add further quality and depth to his squad at St. Mary's. 

The deal looks a good one, considering Elia's reputation as an exciting, attacking player, but his arrival could be bad news for one member of their current squad.

Southampton have a better record than most at bringing through prospects through their youth-academy, but Elia's arrival could be at expense of Isgrove, who has been at the club since his childhood years. 

The rapid winger impressed while on a loan spell at Peterborough United in League One last season and was brought back by the Saints with the intention of giving him first team action this year. 

The Welsh youth international came off the substitutes' bench against Liverpool in the Saints' opening match of the campaign and he was expected to be the next academy graduate to be eased into the senior squad on the South Coast.

However, things haven't worked out as planned. Isgrove has played just three times in all competitions for the club this season and was not even named on the bench against Everton - in a match where Koeman placed a host of the side's youngsters in his squad - last weekend. 

Elia's arrival pushes him even further away from the first team fold and, even though he has time on his side, his departure looks imminent. 

Isgrove is clearly a talent. Blessed with pace, a natural willingness to run at defenders and a strong desire to work hard for the team, he would be an asset for most Football League side's and there is unlikely to be a lack of suitors if he is placed up for sale. 

Isgrove is at an age now where he needs to be playing regular football to aid his development and a transfer away from St. Mary's in January looks the best for club and player. 

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