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Saints To Take Midfielder On Loan From Bournemouth



According to reports Saints have agreed a loan deal to take midfielder Joe Rothwell on loan from AFC Bournemouth, although it is hard to see where he will slot into our midfield as it stands at the moment.


Southampton have agreed to take Joe Rothwell for the rest of the season on loan according to The Daily Echo, although it is understood that there is no option to buy included.


So who is Joe Rothwell ? that is the first question Saints supporters will be asking.


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Well he started his career at Manchester United although he failed to make a first team appearance at Old Trafford, after two loan spells,


firstly at Blackpool then Barnsley in 2015, he turned down a new contract and opted to join Oxford United in 2016.


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He would spent 2 seasons there and then returned North to join Blackburn Rovers where he was a virtual ever present in their side in the Championship for 4 seasons.


In the summer of 2022 having turned down a new contract he joined Bournemouth on a free transfer.


In his first season he made 20 appearances in the Premier League, but this term after starting the opening 3 games opportunities have been


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limited since then he has made just 8 other outings off the bench, being an unused sub in all of the other games up to the new year,


his last appearance from the bench being on 23rd December at Nottingham Forest.


But it is hard to see where Rothwell who turned 29 a few days ago will fit into Russell Martin’s plans, he is predominantly


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a central midfielder and Saints are well served in that department, although he has also played out wide, although this seems to be only occasionally.


So with Saints well served by Flynn Downes, Will Smallbone, Stuart Armstrong and Ray Charles in these positions, not to mention Joe Aribo can also slot in where will he offer anything better than what we have.


Certainly he will offer some experience, but is he better than what we have otherwise, I would say no, but another experienced head in the side can’t be turned down.


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