Southampton’s Adam Lallana seems destined to spend the summer as one of the transfer gossip columns’ hottest properties after an impressive club season that has spilled over onto the international stage.
The 25-year-old will be among the Saints side that travel north in an attempt to overturn 15/2 underdog status in landing a second win over Manchester City since their return to the top flight.
Yet the list of the Premier League’s most eligible bachelors clamouring for his hand is growing daily, with Wayne Veysey, chief scribe at Goal.com reporting Chelsea and Liverpool to have joined Tottenham and Manchester United among his suitors.
It’s understood that Lallana’s representatives believe that this summer could represent the ideal time for him to make the leap to a big club.
However, for all his undeniable promise, the man and boy Saint must beware the law of footballing gravity known as ‘The Sinclair Cycle’
One night soon, as he dreams of touching down in Brazil or playing in the Champions League next season, the spectres of smaller-club stars whose own ‘big moves’ derailed their careers will float in through the window.
“Staaaaayyyy…puuuuuuttttt……staaaayyyy….puuuuuttttt”, Scott Sinclair, Adam Johnson, Steve Sidwell and Ashley Young will beseech the snoozing Saint, ethereally bedecked in the colours of Swansea, Middlesbrough, Reading and Aston Villa respectively.
Talented players all, the quartet were men who swapped a place where they were cherished and accommodated for an environment where often giving their best was not enough to get them on the teamsheet.
Young is the only one to remain at the Champions League side who bought him, although he has struggled to fulfil the potential he showed at Villa Park.
Of the remaining trio only Johnson lingered at his ‘big’ employer for more than a season before being cast away like yesterday’s news in favour of the latest foreign trophy winger.
All three now find the pungent dung of the relegation mire seeping over the tops of their wellingtons at West Brom, Sunderland and Fulham.