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Opinion: Signing Townsend would boost Southampton’s flat attack

Opinion: Signing Townsend would boost Southampton’s flat attack

Since signing central defender Jannik Vestergaard from Borussia Monchengladbach in mid-July, as far as incomings go, it has been very quiet at Southampton.

Vestergaard joins Angus Gunn, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong at St. Mary’s as Southampton’s summers signings, but manager Mark Hughes could still do with a couple more additions ahead of the new Premier League season.

Looking at the Saints’ squad, it is hard to see where goals are going to come from with many question marks surrounding the current crop of strikers at the club.

Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long were not efficient enough in front of goal last term, while Charlie Austin’s fitness is always a cause for concern.

It is not just up front, though, that Southampton could do with strengthening before transfer deadline day.

Out wide, Elyounoussi and Nathan Redmond are the Saints’ only real options.

21-year-old Josh Sims is also a player Hughes could turn to but, overall, Southampton do not look particularly strong in that area of the pitch.

Furthermore, the club should look at bringing in another winger as soon as possible and Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend may just be what they need.

Townsend, who is valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, had been targeted by both Leicester City and former club Newcastle United (via the Guardian) but with nothing concrete yet to materialise, Southampton have the chance to swoop in.

While he is sometimes criticised for his inconsistency and decision making, Townsend would still bring much to St. Mary’s.

The 27-year-old provided seven Premier League assists for his Crystal Palace team-mates last season and that type of creativity, alongside the pace and directness Townsend’s game possesses, would be a huge boost to Southampton’s attack.

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