Southampton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were left reasonably satisfied by their team over the weekend after seeing the Saints twice come from behind to draw 2-2 at home to Newcastle United, thus bringing to an end a run of three straight defeats at St Mary’s.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s men were beaten by Wolves, Watford, and Manchester United in their previous three home clashes prior to the Magpies’ visit, and looked like succumbing again when goals from Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez twice gave the North East giants the lead. However, striker Manolo Gabbiadini bagged a brace, the second from the spot after Florian Lejeune needlessly bundled over Shane Long, to secure a much-needed point for the South Coast outfit, a result which had moved them up to tenth in the Premier League table although West Brom’s draw at Leicester on Monday night saw them slip back into the bottom half.
Ultimately though, it was an improved display from Pellegrino’s side, although concerns over the striking woes won’t be entirely banished as a result of netting more than one goal in a game for only the second time this season.
And it appears that they may look to bolster their ranks in January, as recent reports suggest that the Saints are lining up a move for Barcelona outcast Paco Alcacer.
The 24-year-old moved to the Nou Camp back in 2016 but has unsurprisingly struggled for regular football at the Spanish giants, and as such his future there remains uncertain following a summer of speculation, with Southampton themselves reportedly close to sealing a deal.
Nonetheless, the Saints look set to again go in for the Spaniard in January, and here are TWO other players that could follow Alcacer to St Mary’s in the New Year…