Ralph Hasenhuttl has managed to fix a lot at Southampton since being appointed as the club’s manager back in December.
However, one dilemma the Austrian has not been able to find a permanent solution for is the team’s current striker situation.
Neither Charlie Austin nor Shane Long have found themselves among the goals, while Danny Ings continues to battle with injuries.
Despite that, former Southampton No.9 Rickie Lambert is still tipping his ex-side to avoid the drop with Ings playing a big part.
“When he’s [Ings] been fit he’s done extremely well, he’s caused a real handful to some of the top defenders across the country,” Lambert was quoted as saying by the Daily Echo.
“If he gets fit and stays fit I’ve no doubt Southampton will stay in the league. He’s got excellent feet and a really good brain.”
Looking at Ings’ track record, though, that if Lambert talks about is a very big one to say the least.
Based on that, Ings is just not someone Hasenhuttl can count on right now. To the Austrian’s credit, he has done well to work-around things, using Nathan Redmond up front at times to good effect.
But going forward, Hasenhuttl needs a more long-term fix, probably in the form of a new signing.
The likes of Che Adams and Jean-Kevin Augustin have been linked with a move to St. Mary’s in the past (Sky Sports), and either one would be a good addition to this Southampton side who are just currently lacking in that area.
A deal for the latter, in particular, could be tricky. But one way or another, Hasenhuttl needs to solve this striker dilemma he is facing and quickly.
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