Southampton have announced the signing of Romain Perraud from Stade Brest.
The 23-year-old French left-back has signed a four-year deal with the Saints.
Southampton Confirm Signing of Romain Perraud
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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has spoken well of his new signing, revealing Perraud was a long-term target for the club.
Hasenhuttl told Southampton’s club website: “This is an important first signing for us. Clearly, left-back is an area in which we were looking to strengthen and we have tracked Romain for a long time because he fits out profile for this position very well.
“He is a high-energy, robust guy with good aggression who will bring lots of energy to our play. He has good quality with his delivery from wide and is very competitive with his defending.”
Hasenhuttl is keen to take advantage of the timing of the signing, with plenty of time to bed Perraud into the squad over the summer.
He added: “Completing the transfer before the start of pre-season allows him to start training with us immediately, learning our way of playing and tactical behaviours. I think Romain will fit in well with us and we can help him develop his game further and maximise his potential.”
Career so Far
Perraud began his professional career with Nice in France before a loan with Paris FC added to his experience. Perraud eventually joined Stade Brest, whom he has now left for Southampton.
The left-back scored three goals and assisted eight in 61 games for Stade Brest and has featured internationally for France at various youth levels from U17 to U20.
With his help, Stade Brest survived the relegation spots in the 2020/21 Ligue 1 season by just one point.
Perfect Club for Romain Perraud
Romain Parraud is looking forward to his spell in England.
“I’m very happy to be a Saint and I can’t wait to start this adventure,” Perraud added to the club website.
“I think it’s the best club for me. The manager explained to me the project of the club and for me, that’s very important.
“He spoke with me about tactics, of the way to play, and there are similarities in his play to mine. The feeling was very good, so now I’m here and I’m very happy.”
Southampton Looking for Consistency in 2021/22
The Saints will be looking to maintain consistency throughout the next campaign. Having started the 2020/21 season well, they suffered towards the end of the season, finishing 15th.
They’ve kept the faith in Hasenhuttl despite a sliding end to the season and his additions this summer will need to play a crucial part in their improvement.
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