Ralph Hassenhuttl faces a real battle to keep Southampton in the Premier League after replacing Mark Hughes.
The Saints were beaten by fellow relegation battlers Cardiff City in their last fixture, leaving them in the bottom three. It will take a huge effort to lift the club out of the danger zone with a tough run of fixtures scheduled in the coming weeks. Their refusal to spend in the January transfer window could prove to be costly.
Should the former RB Leipzig manager manage to help his team beat the drop, strengthening their forward line should be a priority in the summer. Danny Ings has looked isolated in the attack at times this season and the former Liverpool man has struggled with injuries yet again – Ings is currently sidelined for three weeks with a hamstring problem. With Charlie Austin set to depart, striking reinforcements are needed.
One man Hassenhuttl should be keeping tabs on is Braga hotshot – Dyego Sousa. Valued at just £7.2m by Transfermarkt, the Brazilian has finally found his feet after various spells with clubs in Portugal. Sousa made an impressive start to life at the club, netting eight goals in just six league starts, but has taken his game to the next level during the current campaign.
The 29-year-old has been one of the most in-form forwards in world football, netting 14 goals in 20 league appearances this season as well as registering four assists. The former Palmeiras man is a strong, powerful forward who would have no issues adapting to the physicality of the Premier League. Sousa would give Hassenhuttl another quality option in the final third and could utilise the target man alongside Ings in a 4-4-2 formation.
Now approaching the peak of his abilities, the Saints should definitely bring him to St. Marys if they beat the drop.
Southampton fans, thoughts?