What should Southampton do with Gaston Ramirez?

The Uruguayan playmaker has been on the fringes of things at St Mary’s – what should they do with him in January?

When Southampton signed Gaston Ramirez from Bologna in the summer of 2012, it was seen as something of a coup for the South coast side.

The Uruguay international has one of the brightest prospects in Serie A, and in the first six months of his time at St Mary’s looked like he had all the attributes to be a star in the Premier League.

However, with Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment and the adoption of a high pressing system that does not suit the South American, his chances to play have been limited.

Ramirez is yet to start a game for Southampton in the Premier League this season, but did net his first goal of the campaign against Everton last time out.

With the January transfer window upon us, there are plenty of rumours linking the South American with a move away from the club – but what should Southampton do?

There is certainly a case to suggest that Ramirez does not fit into Pochettino’s ethos and as such should be sold. The playmaker would still command a heft transfer fee, which could be put to better use with a new face as a replacement.

With the World Cup next summer in his thoughts, Ramirez will be keen for first-team football and as such would surely be open to a transfer.

However, there is also an argument to suggest that Ramirez is on of the club’s most technically gifted players but has not been given a chance to fully shine as yet.

A loan move back to Italy or somewhere in Europe could well be the rejuvenation of his career, with a World Cup for Ramirez to show his worth at also.

At the moment it does not look like Ramirez will feature much for Southampton for the remainder of the season, and as such a solution that suits both the club and the player needs to be found.

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