Southampton have seemingly been in contract discussions with Ryan Bertrand for a while now however contemplating the left-back’s disappointing performances this season, Ralph Hasenhuttl might be greatest served by letting him go in the summertime slightly than handing him a brand new deal.
The 31-year-old’s contract with the South Coast membership is ready to run out on the finish of the season and he has reportedly attracted some curiosity from Arsenal in latest months.
Southampton’s solely different senior left-back, Jake Vokins (excluding the injured Sam McQueen) was despatched out on mortgage to Sunderland in January, which means that Hasenhuttl has quite a lot of religion in Bertrand because the first-choice choice in his facet.
The previous Chelsea man has been an everyday in Southampton’s crew since becoming a member of completely in 2015 and has gone on to make 236 appearances for the Saints, contributing eight objectives and 20 assists.
Does Bertrand deserve a brand new deal?
Nevertheless, his performances have actually declined in latest seasons, together with his common ranking of 6.42 within the Premier League this season the worst he has produced within the final decade.
It is usually the Fifteenth-best of any Southampton participant within the top-flight this season, which means that he has been of the poorer performers in Hasenhuttl’s squad, particularly in latest months, the place a run of terrible type has seen the South Coast membership slide down the Premier League desk.
You can undoubtedly argue that the 31-year-old has been a weak hyperlink within the Saints defence, with Jannik Vestergaard, Jan Bednarek and Kyle Walker-Peters all having been a few of Hasenhuttl’s greatest performers to this point this season.
It was recommended final 12 months that Southampton have been eager to supply Bertrand a brand new three-year deal, which appears extraordinarily extreme when you think about that he’ll flip 32 this 12 months and is already wanting well beyond his greatest, so he may probably nonetheless be on the membership when he’s 35.
The previous England worldwide additionally reportedly earns £70k per week at Southampton, which makes him one of many highest earners, and a brand new contract may see that wage elevated additional, which, contemplating his performances to this point this season, feels undeserved.
Though Hasenhuttl doesn’t actually have any choices, apart from maybe Vokins, to interchange the £9.45 million-rated Bertrand in his facet in the intervening time, it may show a expensive mistake to increase his deal this summer time, so the Austrian supervisor ought to simply do away with him and search for an alternate choice within the switch market.
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