Morgan Schneiderlin is a fantastic player and we have been working hard to provide the most fantastic resource that is both enjoyable to use and useful.
(PRWEB UK) 2 August 2013
Frenchman Schneiderlin arrived at Southampton in the summer of 2008, having broken into the professional ranks at RC Strasbourg.
Although aged just 18 when he moved to St Mary's, the Obernai-born midfielder had already made five appearances for Strasbourg, making his debut on 27th October 2006 as a substitute during a 1-0 win at Gueugnon. He had also been capped for France's Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 – with whom he had played a friendly in England at Hartlepool's Victoria Park ground in September 2006 – and Under-19 sides.
Schneiderlin's burgeoning reputation drew admiration from across the Channel, and there were some raised eyebrows when he chose cash-strapped Saints as the club at which to develop his career. During his first season at St Mary's, he made 33 appearances but the Club was relegated to League 1.
There was speculation that the prospect of playing in the third tier would force Schneiderlin to depart Southampton, but the arrival of Nicola Cortese as Executive Chairman convinced him to remain with Saints. A return to the Championship would arrive two years later, before a second successive promotion meant Schneiderlin was finally able to grasp the prospect of Premier League football four years after arriving in England.
It was in the top flight that he truly flourished, missing just two league games all season to form an integral part of the side that finished 14th. He won praise from pundits, too, having topped the statistics charts for the number of interceptions and tackles during the course of the campaign. Another feature of the 2012/13 season was that Schneiderlin added goals to his game. Before the campaign started, he had netted only three times in four seasons but, after heading home his first-ever goal at St Mary's in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in August, he ended up with five for the year.
Schneiderlin's performances in the Premier League were rewarded at the end of the campaign, as he took home the Club's Official Fans' Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season awards.
Head of Operations at DSG, Matthew Tait had this to say “Morgan Schneiderlin is a fantastic player and we have been working hard to provide the most fantastic resource that is both enjoyable to use and useful. Working with the PFA provides unique biographical information and insights that can be found nowhere else online. We are proud of our partnership with the Professional Footballers Association and the unrivalled access this provides us to the players.”
DSG became the official digital partner of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) earlier this year and have since launched a number of Player profile fan pages on social media site Facebook as well as providing official player pages on their football news site football.co.uk.