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Reported Southampton target Yari Verschaeren is an ideal Hasenhuttl player

Ralph Hasenhuttl the head coach

Southampton's latest target Yari Verschaeren would help Ralph Hasenhuttl replicate his system from RB Leipzig.

Scotland's midfielder Kenny McLean (L) challenges Belgium's midfielder Yari Verschaeren (R) during the Euro 2020 football qualification match between Scotland and Belgium at Hampden Park,...

Calcio Mercato have reported that Southampton are interested in Anderlecht's Belgian sensation Yari Verschaeren.

The 18-year-old has risen to fame over the last few months and has been touted as the next big thing to come out of Belgium. An attacking midfielder capable of playing on either wing, Verschaeren is an ideal fit for Hasenhuttl's tried and trusted 4-2-2-2 system that worked incredibly well for him at RB Leipzig. 

Hasenhuttl opted for inside forwards over natural wingers during his time as Leipzig's boss and that caused a ton of problems to his opponents. Quick press from the two players playing off of the two strikers would regain them possession more often than not and that would then allow them to cause some serious damage in the final third. 


Marcel Sabitzer and Emil Forsberg filled that role perfectly for the Bundesliga outfit but Hasenhuttl has lacked a player of similar profile at Southampton. After an underwhelming spell playing with a three-back formation, the Saints switched to Hasenhuttl's preferred 4-2-2-2 and are yet to lose a game since. 

Nathan Redmond, Sofiane Boufal and James Ward-Prowse have all been used in the role between the strikers and the double pivot but as good as they are, they lack the killer instinct that Hasenhuttl had with Sabitzer and Forsberg a few years ago. 

Nathan Redmond(L) and James Ward-Prowse of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC at St Mary's Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Southampton, United...

If the report is to be believed, Hasenhuttl is on the lookout for a player in that position and Verschaeren would fit the bill perfectly. The Belgian is capable of playing on either side as an inside forward and is capable of scoring goals as well as setting up his fellow forwards. 

Verschaeren's vision for someone who is just 18 is incredible and the weight of his passes to set his teammates through on goal is phenomenal for his age. The youngster will have just two years left on his contract at the end of this season and Southampton should take advantage of the situation to lure him in either in January or next summer. 

Yari Verschaeren midfielder of Anderlecht celebrates with teammates after scoring pictured during the Jupiler Pro League match between RSC Anderlecht and Standard de Liege at the Constant...


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