Southampton supporters in the Transfer Tavern spent the final few hours of the January transfer window speculating upon who might join new signing Guido Carrillo in moving to St Mary’s in the winter market.
The Argentine striker reunited with Saints chief Mauricio Pellegrino, having worked together at Estudiantes in the past, in a deal reportedly worth £19 million last week, as the South Coast outfit sought attacking reinforcements in a bid to move them clear of the Premier League’s bottom three. And with £75 million in the bank from the sale of defender Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool at the start of the month, our resident Southampton fans were sincerely hoping that their club would reinvest a sizable chunk of that on further additions ahead of the rest of the season.
And they certainly tried to do just that as the Saints reportedly launched a move for Spartak Moscow’s Quincy Promes on deadline day, although the Russian champions rejected their reported £30 million offer given that they didn’t have a suitable replacement lined up.
And failing to land the Netherlands international is sure to come as a frustration to several of our resident Southampton fans, in a failed deal which may well have huge consequences for the South Coast outfit in their battle to stave off relegation.
Ultimately, Pellegrino’s men are struggling for goals having managed just 25 in their opening 25 Premier League games this term, with Charlie Austin, out of action for the foreseeable future due to a hamstring injury, the only man to net more than five times for the club this term.
And in a relegation battle, those struggling sides need players to come in and hit the ground running, and the form Promes has shown for Spartak Moscow suggested that he had the confidence and ability to do just that.
The winger has scored 15 goals in just 25 games for the Russian champions this season, adding to the 12 he bagged in their run to the domestic league title last term, and the other 31 he has managed in his time in the capital.
And while Carrillo is clearly very highly-rated by manager Pellegrino, there will be huge pressure on the Argentine to come in and start bagging the goals needed for the club to stay in the division, and it remains to be seen whether he, after playing just 794 minutes of football for Monaco this season, can get into his stride and adapt to the English game as quickly as is required.
Ultimately, it’s going forward which will decide whether Southampton remain in the Premier League this term or not, yet whether just the one addition of Carrillo is going to be enough to keep them in the division remains to be seen.
Adding Promes would have certainly bolstered their chances, given he would have brought pace, dynamism, as well as an ability to find the back of the net, to the side – something they have evidently lacked so far this season.
So failing to land the £19.8 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) could have huge consequences for the South Coast club in the second half of the season.
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