The Southampton supporters have been feeling miserable in the Transfer Tavern of late due to their side’s alarming position in the Premier League.
After supporters had called for his dismissal for months on end, Mauricio Pellegrino was finally sacked last month following a barren run of form in the league which saw his side sucked into the midst of a relegation battle. His replacement Mark Hughes was handed a tough fixture to begin his Premier League survival mission with last weekend, as Southampton travelled to The London Stadium to face West Ham United in a vital six-pointer clash at the bottom of the table.
Much to the dismay of The Saints supporters propping up our bar, their side suffered a 3-0 defeat and were completely outclassed during a fixture which served to intensify their growing fear of relegation. But despite the fact they now sit in 18th place in the Premier League, The Daily Mirror have turned their attention towards the summer transfer window and have claimed that Southampton will make a bid to sign Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) if they manage to beat the drop this season.
Considering Southampton’s league position, talk of summer signings is rather premature, as the calibre of their targets will depend on whether they manage to survive or not. However, if Mark Hughes does manage to instigate a turnaround in his side’s fortunes and lead them to safety this season, the acquisition of Alcacer could signal the end of Guido Carrillo’s career on the south-coast already.
Carrillo was the only major signing made by Pellegrino during the January transfer window, and so far he has failed to catalyse any form of improvement into his new club. The Argentine is a striker by trade, but he is not renowned for his clinical edge in front of goal, and the fact he has failed to find the back of the net in English football goes some way to illuminating that fact.
The arrival of Alcacer in the summer would provide him with further competition for places which he will struggle to get the better of if his dismal record in-front of goal continues. Time is running out for Carrillo to prove himself this season, and unless he embarks on a run of goal-scoring form during the final weeks of the season, he could well be replaced by Alcacer in the summer transfer window.
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