Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has revealed on BBC Sport that Chris Sutton believes that Southampton winger Sadio Mane is good enough to play for a big club in England.
Crooks made the revelation while explaining his decision to include the 23-year-old Senegal international in his BBC Team of the Week.
Mane was the star of the show in the Saints’ final home game of the season on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick in Ronald Koeman side’s 6-1 victory over Aston Villa at St. Mary’s Stadium.
“Former Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton said on Final Score that he thought that Mane had proved himself worthy of a move to a big club next season based on his performances,” Crooks wrote on BBC Sport. “That’s the last thing Saints manager Ronald Koeman wants to hear.”
Mane moved to Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2014 and has been an important player for the Saints this season.
The Senegalese has scored 10 goals and created 40 chances in 29 Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 52%.
Just like last summer, Southampton will probably have bigger clubs looking for their best players, and it will be interesting to see what they do if indeed top teams come in for Mane.