, Alcaraz, Onuachu and more: What the summer could hold for Southampton’s loaned out players

Alcaraz, Onuachu and more: What the summer could hold for Southampton’s loaned out players

Southampton could be on course for an immediate return to the Premier League after suffering relegation last time out, but they will need to regain their form in the coming weeks and months to help their cause.

Southampton being relegated down to the Championship last season saw a handful of players move out on loan to continue playing at the highest level. But with the summer window approaching, the Saints hierarchy will likely have an idea of who they wish to keep and who they want to ship out on loan again or permanently from those returning from loans.

Southampton currently have seven first-team players out on loan. With each of them returning to St. Mary’s in the summer, we take a look at what the future may hold for them.

Carlos Alcaraz

Probably one of the most bizarre and unexpected transfers in January was Juventus’ signing of attacker Alcaraz. The 21-year-old does certainly have bags of potential but had not particularly proven anything at Southampton to warrant a move to the Serie A giants.

There is reportedly a loan to buy option in his current deal at his current loan club, although the asking price is a whopping €49.5million. It is unlikely he would depart for this amount, and so if he impresses he could join Juventus permanently, but their asking price would need to be lowered.

Armel Bella-Kotchap

The two-time German international was a standout in Southampton’s less than satisfactory Premier League campaign last term and joined PSV on a season-long loan last summer. However, he is currently working his way back from injury and so hasn’t featured since October.

He could be one to return to St. Mary’s to play a part in the first-team, but this is likelier to be the case should Southampton secure promotion. Last summer reports stated the Saints were looking for around £17m for the player and so he could be sold to help them fund spending this summer.

Paul Onuachu

Signed as a last minute attempt at securing safety, Onuachu joined the Saints in January but failed to make any sort of impression whatsoever, as he failed to find the net in 12 appearances. According to reports, Southampton want €12m for the attacker, but his current loan club Trabzonspor hope to strike a deal for less than €10m.

Romain Perraud

A shining light in Southampton’s poor Premier League season last time out, Perraud secured a move back to his native France, joining Nice on a season-long loan. It seems likely that he would only return to play for Southampton if they are in the Premier League, and could be sold in the summer to allow him to play at the highest level he possibly can.

Duje Caleta-Car

Caleta-Car is another who had impressive moments in the top flight but was shipped out on loan to France along with Perraud, this time to Lyon. Despite the Ligue 1 side’s troubles this season, it seems fair to conclude that the Croatian would prefer to remain at a club playing in one of Europe’s top leagues rather than playing in the Championship. So all will depend on where Southampton are playing their football next term.

Lyanco

Lyanco didn’t necessarily adapt to the English game all too well and was capable of mistakes and rash challenges and poor decision making. He is currently on loan at Al-Gharafa in Qatar and isn’t likely to return to St. Mary’s.

Mateusz Lis

Another who is unlikely to play for the Saints is goalkeeper Lis. Now aged 27 and out on loan in Turkey at Goztepe, he is yet to make an appearance for his parent club in England and so could be allowed to move on in the summer regardless of whether they secure promotion or remain in the second tier.

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