Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier told Morning View for Sky Sports News on Wednesday that he doesn’t expect Morgan Schneiderlin to leave the club in this transfer window.
The French midfielder is arguably, the club’s most important player at the moment but he has been linked with moves to Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal, with the Daily Mirror claiming the Gunners’ interest last December.
However, Le Tissier told Sky earlier this week, he doesn’t feel an exit is imminent.
“I don’t think he’ll be going anywhere this month – He was disappointed last summer but if you ask him now what he thinks, I think his answer would be different,” said Le Tissier.
“I don’t see why Southampton can’t finish in the top four – they’re third after 22 games – things would then be different.”
Tottenham, Arsenal or any other side could choose to mount a challenge for the holding player in the summer, but Le Tissier is spot on; Champions League football would change everything.
It would offer Schneiderlin the chance to play on the biggest stage of all for a side that stuck by him when other clubs wouldn’t have been as strong and would have sold him to remove the problem for their manager.
Champions League football would also improve the standard of the players Southampton could attract in the transfer market and that’s only going to make Schneiderlin a better player over an extended period.
The player deserves credit for getting his head down, working hard and repairing his relationship with the fans.
Onwards and upwards.