Manchester United have their eyes on the Southampton player who has been labelled by Ronald Koeman as the best right full-back in the Premier League.
United are looking to sign Nathaniel Clyne who reportedly tops the wishlist of manager Louis Van Gaal. However, the transfer of the 23-year-old defender is likely to happen at the end of the season.
Since joining the Saints for £2.15m from Crystal Palace in 2012, the talented 23-year-old has improved immensely. He made 59 league appearances in his first two seasons at St Mary’s but it is this term that he has really shined. “He’s in my opinion the best right full-back in the Premier League”, said Southampton manager Ronald Koeman about his player who has found the net on two occasions this season.
There is no doubt that Clyne has emerged as one of the leading defenders in the top flight of English football. The guys at Opta-powered fantasy football game Oulala.com have taken a closer look at the defender. The stats reveal an impressive fact: with 84 tackles in 20 appearances he tops the list of most tackles per game in the Premier League, beating the likes of Chelsea powerhouse Nemanja Matic (78), Burnley winger George Boyd (69) and Crystal Palace’s Martin Kelly (65). The stat’s breakdown shows that he has made exactly 4,2 tackles per match. He has won 53 tackles, while 31 attempts haven’t been successful. The defensively assured player, who has also made 17 crosses and 38 interceptions this season has shown his best performance in Southampton’s first game of the campaign, a 2–1 defeat against at Anfield on August 17th.
The Saints are determined to keep hold of their star players though and have already offered a contract extension to Clyne. With 18 months to go on his deal at St Mary’s, he was told to make up his mind by April.
Southampton, who lost Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers last year, are still enjoying a season to remember and currently hold third place in the Premier League standings with a good chance of securing a European spot. They continue to dream of playing in the Champions League which could be a good reason for Clyne to stay in the red and white stripped-jersey.