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Southampton's McQueen needs loan move to further his development

Southampton's Argentinian manager Mauricio Pellegrino looks on before  the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in London,...

The Southampton defender requires regular playing time.

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United is tackled by Sam McQueen of Southampton during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on December 30, 2017...

Southampton have much work to do to stay up this season, with Mauricio Pellegrino's side currently only above the relegation zone on goal difference and it seems clear that some new signings are needed this month.

There could also be some temporary departures, too, with some players in need of regular playing time elsewhere.

Sam McQueen certainly falls into that category having made just five Premier League appearances so far this season.

Juan Mata of Manchester United and Sam McQueen of Southampton battle for possession during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on December 30,...

The left-back helped to provide cover while Ryan Bertrand was out injured, but with the England international now back available and Matt Targett also in the squad, it is unlikely that McQueen will receive much game time in the second half of the season should he remain at Southampton.

McQueen gained experience during a loan spell with Southend United in League One two seasons ago but now seems ready to feature regularly in the Championship at least, and has been linked with Reading, as reported by The Reading Chronicle

Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace (L) is fouled by Sam McQueen of Southampton (R) during the Premier League match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary's Stadium on April 5,...

Such a move would be beneficial for McQueen's development but regardless of which club he goes to it is of most importance that he plays regularly, with the 22-year-old aiming to convince Southampton that he can have a long term future at the club.

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