What are these transfer rumours and do they hold any substance? This is all discussed below.
Harry Souttar – a quick intro
Souttar is a promising young defender, currently playing for the EFL Championship side, Stoke City. He has already made a breakthrough into the Socceroos side, and thanks to a string of pretty awesome performances, transfer news regarding a potential move into the Premiership is hotting up. His defensive role is absolutely perfect for a guy of his stature too, standing at 6ft and 6 inches tall. Not many guys beat him to a header, that’s for sure, and this is probably why Premiership clubs are looking to snap him up to come January.
Interest from Premiership clubs
One of the main reasons that Premiership clubs are tracking Harry Souttar right now is due to his potential. He is already a great player, but renowned coaches such as Graham Arnold have been singing the praises of this young defender, obviously from the perspective of his performances for the Socceroos. This has lit some fires in the media, and such praise has reached the attention of decision-makers at two particular Premier League clubs.
Sure, this has fuelled certain rumours and speculation, but in terms of specific transfer news, there is some substance behind a move for Souttar to the Premier League. Let’s reveal the two clubs that are tracking Souttar right now.
Tottenham is a huge club in the Premier League, as you will likely already know. But for a team of this calibre, they haven’t been performing amazingly well this season. At the time of writing, they are in 6th position, and they have conceded the most goals of any other team inside the top 6. That means that there is a clear problem that needs to be resolved at the club, and that problem lies within the defensive ranks. Of course, this suggests that a guy like Harry Souttar could come in and work wonders at the club.
There are no official reports yet that Tottenham has been in talks with Souttar’s current club, Stoke City. However, we can confirm that Tottenham scouts have been tracking Souttar for over a year now, regularly attending his games to see what magic he can do on the pitch. Since they’ve been tracking him for quite a while now, it’s fair to say that they are more than interested, and we would not be at all surprised if there was a move lined up in January.
Everton is not quite as prestigious as Tottenham, which is why some people think that a move to Everton is more likely. We wouldn’t like to say one way or the other, but much like Tottenham, Everton is having a few problems in defence. They’ve conceded almost as many goals as they have scored, which isn’t exactly the best ratio concerning winning games. And while they are strong in offence, as well as midfield, their defensive lineup does need some tweaking if they are to start competing with the big teams.
If Souttar was brought into the club in January, we feel that he could have an immediate impact. The club is desperate for a man who can compete for aerial balls in defence, but is also versatile enough to be a threat from corners at the other end of the field. Souttar has shown that he is capable of this by scoring several times for the Socceroos already, and this in itself will have caught the attention of the Everton scouts.
Most likely developments in January 22
As you can see, there is no shortage of transfer news surrounding Harry Souttar right now. And while these two are the main clubs that are interested, there could be others that move to swoop in on the young Aussie in January. This is somewhat speculative for now, however, and we expect that either Everton or Tottenham will come through with an offer. It might have to be a large one to get Souttar out of his current contract, but at the same time, the talent and quality he can bring to either club should justify a fairly significant offer.