Southampton fans here in the Tavern won’t want a repeat of the last campaign as they escaped the dreaded clutches of relegation by the skin of their teeth. Mark Hughes managed to keep the Saints up last season, but plenty of improvements are required in quick time.
The Saints are incredibly lucky to still be playing their football in the Premier League, so they’ll be desperate to show everyone what they’re made of in the next campaign.
Many of our local residents believe that the month of July could be one to remember for a number of different reasons, with transfer moves helping the Saints achieve squad completion.
Although, July would be made even better if the Saints manage to generate extra transfer funds by offloading players that just haven’t lived up to expectations.
With that in mind, here’s TWO pieces of business that will delight supporters…
Carrillo traded in for cash
Guido Carrillo became Southampton’s club-record signing back in January, but he just couldn’t find the back of the net during the second half of the season as a complete waste of space and money.
The South American was recently left out of Mark Hughes’ 30-man squad for the trip to China, so it looks as if he may be on his way out of the exits in the near future.
So, July could turn out to be the best month that fans have come to witness in recent years gone by, as Southampton would be extremely happy with a lump of cash for the striker.
Southampton are reportedly taking a look at Atalanta’s in-demand striker Andrea Petagna. The Italian international is a well-rounded forward that managed to produce six goals and nine assists in the campaign just gone.
The Saints are in desperate need of a striker after failing to find the back of the net on a consistent basis last season, with Manolo Gabbiadini often having to put in a shift for his strike partner.
Indeed, securing Andrea Petagna would not only make a big statement, but it would also provide Mark Hughes with a dangerous attacking outlet that could help fire them into the top half of the table next season.