Southampton must hijack Newcastle’s move for rapid 20-year-old striker

Goals

The 20-year-old is a versatile forward but he has usually played as a centre-forward for Basel this season, and he certainly hasn’t let them down in the goals department.

The Cameroon-born player has scored eight times and provided one assist in 23 appearances in all competitions for the Swiss outfit, with four of those goals coming in the group stages of the Champions League.

With the likes of Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long struggling for form and goals, Oberlin would prove to be a welcome addition to the Southampton frontline.

Attributes

Ever since Sadio Mane left for Liverpool in 2016 Southampton have lacked that pace and unpredictability in their attack, but bringing Oberlin to St Mary’s next month would change that.

The 20-year-old is lightning-quick and – like Mane – he is showing that he has an end product at the end of a run or dribble.

Talking of dribbling, according to WhoScored.com the Switzerland U21 international has successfully completed five of the 12 take-ons he attempted in the group stages of the Champions League this season.

While that may not be overly impressive, the forward is still young and his pace and direct running would undoubtedly mean that he is a threat for Premier League defenders if he did sign for Saints.

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