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Trezeguet would be an ideal signing for Southampton in January

According to an earlier report from Independent, Egyptian winger Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan was linked with a move to the Premier League. Burnley, Everton and Leicester City were amongst the clubs interested to secure the services of the Egyptian but a move to England failed to materialize and Trezeguet joined Kasimpasa in a permanent deal.

A product of the famous Egyptian club Al Ahly, Trezeguet broke into the first-team at the age of 18 and helped his boyhood club win the 2012 and 2013 CAF Champions League. He was sent on loan to Belgian giants Anderlecht in 2015 and the deal was later made permanent but he failed to nail down a regular first team place and was loaned out to Turkish club Kasimpasa in 2017.

He made a name for himself in Europe in his debut season in the Turkish Super Lig, scoring 13 goals and providing 6 assists from 31 appearances for Kasimpasa. His heroics in his first season prompted the Turkish club to make his stay permanent and Trezeguet went into the 2018 FIFA World Cup as one of the young players to watch out for.

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As an evidence of the fact that his debut season was not a mere flash in the pan, Trezeguet has hit the ground running this term as well, accumulating 5 goals and 5 assists from 17 appearances in the league.

Standing at 5ft. 11 inches with a stocky and sinewy frame, Trezeguet is primarily a left-winger by trade but he has shown the versatility to play on the right and through the centre behind the striker. Known for his pace, drive and determination on the pitch, the 23-year-old is a fast, agile and fleet-footed attacker who backs himself to beat the defenders with his speed, acceleration and trickery.

One of the greatest assets of Trezequet’s game is his ambidextrous nature as a footballer. He has the ability to dribble at pace and take shots with both feet, making him a versatile asset to the team. He has been criticized at times for trying to overdo things with the ball but few can argue with the fact that he is a tireless performer who always gives his hundred per cent on the pitch.

His upper body strength coupled with his sudden burst of pace and skills allows him to embark on powerful driving runs down for flanks. Furthermore, he has a good eye for goal and can set up his teammates with defence-splitting passes and accurate pull-backs from the wide areas. Trezeguet has averaged 4.2 shots, 2.8 dribbles, 2.3 key passes and 1.9 crosses per game this season.

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To put things into perspective, he would be an ideal buy for Southampton in the January transfer window. The Saints have struggled for consistency this season and currently sit 17th in the standings, just above Burnley in the relegation zone on goal difference. Southampton have looked much better as a unit under their new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl but they still have plenty of work to do if they are to avoid the drop.

Lack of goals has been a major cause of concern at St. Mary’s this season, with Southampton scoring just 21 goals so far. Nathan Redmond, Manolo Gabbiadini and summer recruit Mohamed Elyounoussi have been too inconsistent too rely upon and strikers Shane Long and Charlie Austin haven’t done a great job either.

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Hasenhuttl has used a much more attacking system since he has taken charge and someone like Trezeguet can bring that intensity to the team’s attack. Moreover, his direct style of football will help Southampton achieve a better goalscoring record.

That said, they can bag a massive coup by landing the highly-rated Egyptian in January.

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