On Wednesday, it was announced by the BBC that Tottenham Hotspur had completed the signing of Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld on a five-year contract.
The signing, although fantastic for Tottenham fans, would have been bad news for defensive duo Federico Fazio and Eric Dier as the Belgian’s arrival severely limits their chance of game time.
On the other hand, Southampton’s under-21 captain Jason McCarthy may secretly be delighted to see his side miss out on signing last season’s loan star permanently as it gives him the chance to make an impression this pre-season.
We take a look at how the signing could affect all three players:
The 28-year-old finished the Premier League campaign as first choice last season, but is likely to be knocked back in favour of partner Jan Vertonghen and Alderweireld.
Although it may not be the end of his Spurs career, the experienced centre-back may have to bide his time and wait for his chance to impress as he can still hope to outperform his Belgian teammates.
Dier and Alderweireld could not be any more similar and that is likely to be a huge blow to the England under-21 star as he has someone ahead of him in every position he plays.
Kieran Trippier also coming in, as reported by the BBC, won’t do him any favours either as a loan move looks to be the smartest option now - as opposed to a season sitting on the bench and in the under-21 side.
The Saints' under-21 captain may be the biggest beneficiary of this transfer as it gives him a better chance to impress during this pre-season.
The 19-year-old, who was ever-present and impressive for Southampton’s youth side last season, made his Premier League debut and featured in the senior side’s matchday squad on seven occasions.
He will still need an outstanding pre-season for him to be considered as a potential replacement to Alderweireld, but he now has a golden opportunity to get a lot of game time.