Over the past few decades, Southampton have been the biggest club on England’s south coast, but that picture is beginning to change.
The past five seasons has seen two rivals, Bournemouth and Brigton, join the Premier League, and if last season was anything to go by, overtake Southampton in the pecking order.
Under Eddie Howe, Bournemouth have certainly moved past their rivals, not only playing the more attractive football, but getting the results to prove it. One man at the forefront of The Cherries’ impressive current campaign is Scotland international Ryan Fraser.
The 24-year-old has already scored three goals and notched three assists in the opening eight games of the season as the club sit in sixth place. Being 5ft 4, he is one of the smallest players in the league, but that doesn’t stop him making a mighty impression on his opposition.
Meanwhile, The Saints are struggling this season, sitting in 16th place. They made the great signing of Danny Ings during the summer, but they lack the penetrating wingers to unlock the former Liverpool man’s potential. That is why they should certainly move for Fraser.
The elusive winger will be able to not only get the goals himself, but certainly help an attack that has looked lacklustre at times this season. Alongside the likes of Charlie Austin and Shane Long, Southampton have some serviceable strikers, but just don’t have the men to feed them.
With Nathan Redmond on the other flank, Fraser could be that missing link to help Southampton find their way again. They certainly have some good defenders, and midfielders, but Fraser could be that incisive forward that gets The Saints going again.
If Southampton ever want to be regarded as the main force down on the south coast, they cannot let the grass grow under their feet as their rivals continue to impress. But their closest rivals in the league should be the first place they look as they start to rebuild.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!