Sky Sports News among other sources are reporting that Southampton are highly interested in acquiring Netherlands international Quincy Promes, but who exactly is he?
You’d be forgiven for not hearing much about him, as the Russian Premier League isn’t exactly the most admired league in the world, with former players such as Hulk, Axel Witsel and Ezequiel Garay being criticised for wasting their careers there and chasing money. However, the same can’t be said for 26-year-old forward Quincy Promes who rejected his home league to develop with Russian side Spartak Moscow. He has since scored 54 goals in 101 club games and featured 25 times for his country.
Without sounding like a broken record, we’re short on goals. Not only has Promes found the back of the net 10 times in 17 games this season, but he’s also contributed 6 assists from both wings and as a central striker. If he could match this level on the big stage, the quick, dynamic forward could be absolutely key to keeping us up this season.
Cynicism has set in for a lot of fans, and it’s easy to pass this off as another pipe dream, but bare with us. According to The Mirror, we earned over £25m for our league position alone last season, and £127.6m in TV money. Even a board comprised of the most cold-hearted, detached mercenaries could see that losing that money through relegation this season would be absolutely detrimental to the club’s finances. If they see fit, forking out £30-40m to acquire a clinical and versatile goalscorer who’s keen to impress in the biggest league in the world could prove a bargain in the long run.
A percentage of fans are already dismissing him as a player who will simply use us as a stepping stone to a bigger club and would rather him not join for that reason alone.
The way I see it, we can’t afford to be that picky.
We have 10 days to save our season, and the clock’s ticking.
Sources: TransferMarkt, WhoScored, SportingIntel
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