Southampton offloading 26-year-old on-loan star for €5m would be a win-win for all parties


Why Southampton parting ways with Wesley Hoedt permanently would be a win-win

According to La Lazio Siamo Noi (h/t Hampshire Live), Lazio could look to sign on-loan Southampton midfielder Wesley Hoedt on a permanent deal in January. The defender went on loan to Lazio at the start of this season and there was an option for the Italian side to make his stay permanent. A €5million deal could be on the cards in January.


Wesley Hoedt is a 26-year-old Dutch centre-back who plays for Lazio on loan from Southampton. He started his youth career at VV Reiger Boys and moved to AZ Alkmaar’s youth setup in 2005.

Progressing through the youth sides, he was promoted to the senior team in 2014. He made a total of 30 appearances that season before moving to Lazio next season.

The next two seasons were spent at Lazio with 61 games played, 4 goals scored and 1 goal assisted (source – Transfermarkt). He joined Southampton in 2017 and after just one and a half seasons, he was loaned out twice.

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ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – JULY 28: Wesley Hoedt of Southampton looks on during the pre season friendly match between Feyenoord Rotterdam and Southampton Football Club at Stadion Feijenoord or De Kuip on July 28, 2019 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

He has played a total of 45 games at Southampton. Hoedt has been a sporadic feature of the Dutch youth sides and has just 6 caps for the senior side.

Southampton should let go of Wesley Hoedt

It is pretty clear that Wesly Hoedt had reached the end of his time at Southampton. In his three years at the club, he was away on loan for half of that time period. Southampton recently brought in Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid.

They already have a bunch of centre-backs who are ahead of Hoedt in the pecking order. The likes of Jan Bednarek and Jannik Vestergaard are the first choices. There was no way Hoedt would get games at Southampton.

This is surely a move that works for everyone involved. Southampton will be removing a centre-back from their huge stock of defenders. That will also free up the wage bill and they will receive a handy €5million.

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DORTMUND, GERMANY – DECEMBER 02: Wesley Hoedt of SS Lazio in action during the UEFA Champions League Group F stage match between Borussia Dortmund and SS Lazio at Signal Iduna Park on December 02, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

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Hoedt will get to continue for a team which he has already played for. Hence, he would have no issues about readjusting or anything. He has already made 11 appearances for the side. Southampton should accept Lazio’s offer to make his deal permanent. No one loses from this deal and everyone goes home happy.