Ralph Hasenhuttl could look to give his Southampton attack a reshuffle in the summer, hoping to avoid another relegation battle should they survive this one.
Theo Walcott is one man the Austrian could turn towards amid a possible shake-up, according to the Daily Mirror, and his potential arrival could have some ramifications for various players.
Given they both play in the same positions and have a similar skill set, it would not be a surprise to see Shane Long given the chop.
But as well as the 32-year-old, Mohamed Elyounoussi could also be moved on to make room for Walcott’s arrival.
The Norway international has been a disaster since joining from Basel last summer, failing to score or a create a single goal in any of the 15 Premier League appearances he has made.
Before his stock drops any further, parting ways with Elyounoussi may now be in the Saints’ best interest, especially if they do end up managing to get Walcott through the door.
When it comes to both a transfer fee and wages, a deal for the Everton forward could be a complicated and expensive one.
Therefore, getting someone like Elyounoussi off their wage books could be the play here for Southampton.
Given his talent, some may argue it is simply too quick to get rid of the former Basel man. Next season when he has fully adapted to the Premier League, things could turn out differently compared to this campaign.
Still, the chance to sign Walcott may be too good of an opportunity for Southampton to turn down, an opportunity that could come with some knock-on effects.
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