Under Ralph Hasenhuttl, not only are Southampton getting results, but they are getting them against some very big teams with some very big performances.
Even after his side’s victory against Tottenham, though, the Austrian will still have some concerns with his current centre-forward options being just one of them.
Danny Ings, for example, continues to struggle with injuries, which was likely one factor behind Southampton’s reported interest in RB Leipzig’s Jean-Kevin Augustin back in January (Sky Sports).
How, though, do the two No.9s match up?
Having worked with Augustin during his time as Leipzig manager, it comes to no surprise that Hasenhuttl would be interested in a reunion with the 21-year-old at St. Mary’s.
Hasenhuttl is obviously aware of Augustin’s strengths, suggesting his former player is perfect for his “high-pressing methods” (Sky Sports).
The France U21 international is quick, explosive and a good finisher. As well as that, he has a great touch, which enables him to turn so well before accelerating and taking the ball past his opponent.
Considering all of that, Augustin might just be the signing in the summer to take Hasenhuttl’s St. Mary’s revolution to the next stage.
An expensive transfer in all likelihood, but one worth pursuing for Southampton who need a more reliable centre-forward.
TT Grade: B+
On the subject of reliable centre-forwards, as harsh as it may sound, that is something Ings is struggling to prove he is.
When fit and on his day, the 26-year-old is certainly a capable front man. He can be deadly in the box, generally taking his chances well when they fall to him.
However, that is just it. Ings is struggling to stay fit, which has given Hasenhuttl some real selection headaches since he has been at the club.
As a result, at times, the Southampton boss has used Nathan Redmond, who has found some form in recent weeks, up front as a short-term fix.
Going forward, though, Hasenhuttl needs a more permanent solution be it Ings or a new striker like Augustin.
TT Grade: C+
After a fairly strong start to the season, Ings looked like he would be the man to solve Southampton’s centre-forward crisis.
Unfortunately, due to injuries, that no longer appears to be the case, leaving the Saints needing the addition of a new No.9 when the summer transfer window opens.
And for Hasenhuttl, there are probably few better options out there than Augustin.