Following another season where they just about escaped relegation, Southampton have got to strengthen their starting XI in the summer.
And one area of their starting XI they could be looking to improve is out wide. According to The Sun, the south coast club are interested in Everton’s Yannick Bolasie.
The wings are definitely areas that could probably do with strengthening going into next season, but is Bolasie really the answer?
When you consider how quick and direct Ralph Hasenhuttl’s wingers need to be on the counter-attack, then the answer is probably no.
While Bolasie is certainly no slouch, the 29-year-old can end up slowing down attacks with his constant desire to take on opposition defenders instead of passing and moving.
Factor in his rapid decline since his Crystal Palace days, is he really a wide man Hasenhuttl wants?
The Austrian would be better off giving the young and promising Josh Sims a more prominent role, with the 22-year-old having really impressed in the appearances he has made this season.
“I am very happy with him [Sims] because he deserved to play from the beginning. As a substitute he showed that he can help us with his speed,” Hasenhuttl told Southampton’s official club website after his side’s 3-1 victory over Wolves last month.
“He had a good chance to score, unfortunately he didn’t, but I think he is another part and a different player which we need in our team. It is always good if you can surprise the opponent a little bit with new players and that’s what I like.”
Yes, even with Sims’ emergence, the Saints could do with the addition of at least one new winger for the next campaign.
But that winger should simply not be Bolasie.
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