The 24-year-old won’t be reunited with Argentine head coach Mauricio Pochettino, something majority of fans, me included, were only too keen to see.
On Tuesday, the France midfielder told RMC: “There were offers but Southampton made a choice, which was to keep me after the departure of certain players.”
Combined with Tottenham’s decision to recruit a near identical copy but perhaps not as evolved version in Bejnamin Stambouli from Montpellier, it all but seals the Saints midfielder’s future and it’s not in London, well not N17 at least.
Schneiderlin is a great player and someone I, and certainly Pochettino, wanted but I don’t see how the move could happen under any circumstances now.
He will now, no doubt, go onto to put in a string of eye-catching displays for the team down on the coast, something which he did at West Ham, with two goals in just 68 minutes.
Such performances will inevitably lead to more admirers and an eventual transfer away in one of the two forthcoming windows to a team at least at Spurs’s level or perhaps better.
Fair enough, it was not to be.
There is no denying he could slot in at a club with Champions League football rather than just one aspiring to be in the competition, like ourselves.
He may have had six years and a brilliant journey “destroyed” in a hour earlier this summer when Saints ended refused to lose any more of their assets.
He now seems to be willing to sit and wait for the next move from an interested club that will force the Saints’s hands a bit more than a side looking to keep a clean balance sheet with a stadium to build.
There is no bitterness held towards Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, I must add.
A certain amount of approval should be sent Southampton’s way, too, after heavy criticism towards owner Katharina Liebherr and chairman Ralph Krueger.
They have at least kept a reasonable amount of their structure from the previous season. Just keep your eye on a certain Jay Rodriguez as the rumour mill suggests Spurs wouldn’t mind him either.
And let’s hope the pursuit is slightly more successful for the Lilywhites than this time around!
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