, Opinion: Southampton should consider reviving interest in L1 prospect after failed bid

Opinion: Southampton should consider reviving interest in L1 prospect after failed bid

Southampton are among the multiple sides to have been linked with Barnsley starlet Fabio Jalo in recent times, with the teenager looking destined for a bright future.

Southampton are a club held in high regard for how they recruit and develop young players. They are capable of bringing youngsters through the ranks from a young age and they also look to raid other clubs for their prized prospects.

The Saints looked to do this with Fabio Jalo of Barnsley, but ultimately fell short. In the wake of the 18-year-old penning a new contract with the League One side, reliable youth football news source The Secret Scout shared that the St. Mary’s outfit saw a bid rejected by the Tykes.

Looking to future transfer windows, Southampton should look to revive their pursuit of the prospect.

Destined for the top

Interestingly, Jalo is a talent some EFL fans may have been aware of for some time. Despite being only 18, he has already played 24 times for Barnsley, chipping in with three goals and an assist in the process. He plays as a striker, attacking midfielder or winger and has a reputation few Football League youth talents can match.

Jalo has been a regular for Portugal at U18 and U19 level and his first-team minutes for the Tykes have been supplemented with consistent youth outings too. He’s been a highly prolific scorer in academy football and having caught the eye in his senior appearances, he looks destined for the top.

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That has drawn Southampton’s interest before and given their focus on youth recruitment, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they’ve continued to monitor his situation since the failed bid. Not only will they see him as a prospect with a high resale value, they should be looking at him as a youngster who can join and quickly make a rise to senior football given that he’s been a level above in academy football.

The contract extension signed at the start of this year means he won’t be going anywhere on the cheap though. Jalo is under contract until 2027 and there’s a 12-month extension clause on top of that too.

Nonetheless, Southampton would be wise to revive their previous interest and go after Jalo once more. A talent like him could thrive in their academy and quickly progress to Russell Martin’s squad and sooner rather than later, big clubs could come knocking. Moving this summer would put the Saints ahead of the curve.

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