According to journalist Dean Jones, Southampton’s defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis is deemed “too good for the Championship,” and the Saints may face difficulty retaining the center-back if they do not secure promotion to the Premier League.
Harwood-Bellis, on loan from Manchester City, has been an influential presence with 10 appearances for Southampton this season.
Having spent the entirety of the previous season at Burnley, contributing significantly to their prompt return to the Premier League under Vincent Kompany, the England U21s international’s loan spells highlight his prowess. With his contract at Manchester City expiring at the season’s end and a current market value of £21.9 million, Jones suggests that Southampton’s chance to secure a permanent deal hinges on a return to the Premier League.
Jones expressed admiration for Harwood-Bellis, acknowledging the defender’s decision to take a risk by stepping down to the Championship, despite having other Premier League offers.
Jones believes that if Southampton secures promotion, they could potentially sign Harwood-Bellis permanently, emphasizing the player’s evident Premier League caliber, making his Championship stint a brief interlude in his promising career.