Southampton have been on the up since Ralph Hasenhuttl replaced Mark Hughes as manager just before the new year.
Not only have results improved, but the Saints have also been playing a much more entertaining brand of football with Hasenhuttl at the helm.
There is, however, still much work to be done at St. Mary’s with a series of poor transfer windows leaving the club in quite the mess.
Big money has been spent on the likes of Mohamed Elyounoussi and Sofiane Boufal in recent summer windows, and such an approach to the market has yet to produce any results.
Following those failures, the Daily Mail reports Southampton will now turn their attention to signing British players instead, believing a homegrown core will be more ready for the demands of English football than a bunch of exports from other divisions.
The Saints have had a lot of success in the past from building their team around players such as Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Nathaniel Clyne. And, now Nathan Redmond and Ryan Bertrand have helped Southampton succeed this season, so it would make sense to adopt the homegrown strategy.
Whatever the case, director of football operations Ross Wilson, who is set to spearhead Southampton’s recruitment drive in the summer (also per Daily Mail), cannot allow for any more duds to be brought through the door.
That does not mean Southampton have to exclusively sign homegrown players; there are plenty of jewels spread across European football, as the south coast club have shown in the past after signing Sadio Mane among others.
But if doing so means less Boufals and more Nathan Redmonds, then it is perhaps the way to go for the Saints.
So, Wilson could uncover more Southampton transfer gems if the report is true as the likes of Nathan Redmond, Rickie Lambert and Ryan Bertrand have all made a name for themselves at St Mary’s.
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