Scottish-born Australian international Harry Souttar has been linked with a loan move to Rangers recently. The 24-year-old centre back only joined Leicester in January but doesn’t seem to be apart of new manager Enzo Maresca’s plans.
Michael Beale was asked about the link when it first came about. He didn’t deny it complete and when talking to Sky Sports a few days ago he said that some of the names that were out there had some truth in them.
At the time the only two names in the media were Jake Cooper and Harry Souttar. Cooper has just committed his future to Millwall so won’t be joining. Does that mean that Harry Souttar could join his brother John at Ibrox?
This would be an exciting signing. Leicester paid almost £15m for him just 6 months ago. Rangers obviously can’t afford that type of fee but could a season long loan be plausible?
That’s what the rumours are suggesting and the fact he’s been left out of recent Leicester squads suggest he’s definitely on the move.
Let’s look at how World Cup performance first and why Leicester paid Stoke almost £15m for him;
- 4 Appearances
- 2 Clean Sheets
- 1.5 Interceptions Per Game
- 1 Tackle Per Game
- 5.5 Clearances Per Game
- 67% Aerial Duels Won (3.5 Per Game)
- 71% Ground Duels Won (1.2 Per Game)
Souttar was part of the reason Australia got out of the group stages. He was colossal at centre back and not just due to his size, he fought for every ball, on the ground and aerially and put his body on the line countless times.
He also showed the ability to come out with the ball and make good passes. In possession of the ball he was confident and positive. Always looking to get the ball forward and get the Aussies on the front foot.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t prevent Leicester from being relegated but he still put in good performances. There were his EPL numbers;
- 12 Appearances
- 1 Interception Per Game
- 1.2 Tackles Per Game
- 3.8 Clearances Per Game
- 86% Aerial Duels Won (3.2 Per Game)
- 59% Ground Duels Won (1.9 Per Game)
Look at that ridiculous aerial duel win percentage, wow. Despite Leicester’s relegation Harry Souttar still gave a good account of himself. It’s unclear why Enzo Maresca has seemingly frozen him out.
One thing is clear though, he’s not currently in the Italian’s plans for this season.
As evident by the stats, he’s aerially dominant and strong in ground duels also. His strength combined with his height make him a monster inside the box for set pieces both defensively and going forward.
He doesn’t possess a lot of pace but his positional sense means he doesn’t get caught out often. He isn’t Per Mertesacker levels of slow or anything just don’t expect him to win foot races with quick, nippy strikers.
He’s comfortable on the ball, although not as comfortable as his brother. Unlike John, he won’t be driving passed players into the midfield before playing a pass into the final third. He is a decent passer of the ball though and is confident always being an option to receive it.
Also don’t be expecting the same level of accuracy with his brother or Goldson’s long passing. First and foremost, he’s a great defender and it’s a bonus he’s a good passer and comfortable on the ball. He’ll offer something different from set pieces with his height and definitely won’t be getting bullied by strikers.
I’m honestly not sure how likely this is. He isn’t in Leicester’s plans, he’s a Rangers fan and his brother is at the club.
That being said, they paid just under £15m for him in January, are they really willing to not give him a chance this season? The only option, obviously, would be a loan move for the 24-year-old.
On the other hand, he’s a player with quality and experience at the highest level. He doesn’t have European experience, yet, but a move to Rangers could sort that out. He’s not left footed which might put some fans off but you can’t turn down players of his ability when they become available.
What do you think of this one? Would you be happy with this signing or would you rather other areas are focused on?
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