The Southampton fans in the Transfer Tavern are growing increasingly concerned by their side’s lack of conviction in front of goal this season.
The Saints departed with former manager Claude Puel in the summer due to a supposed negative style of football despite a respectable eighth place finish in the Premier League and reaching the EFL Cup final. His replacement Mauricio Pellegrino has failed to rectify the underlying issues as of yet though. If anything, Southampton’s tally of just nine goals from their opening 11 league matches is proof that they have stagnated under their new manager. Meanwhile, Puel is enjoying an impressive start to his new job at Leicester City with a new set of players at his disposal.
Puel’s early success in the Midlands perhaps indicates that the current pool of players, rather than the new Saints manager, are responsible for the lack of attacking inspiration. The South Coast outfit require an injection of fresh players in the January transfer window to breathe some life back into the attacking play at the club.
Considering their side’s lack of potency in the final third this season, the Saints faithful lining up the bar are delighted to hear that ex-Manchester City employee Stevan Jovetic has been linked with their club this week. According to the reports, Jovetic has struggled to adapt to life at AS Monaco since his move from Italian giants Inter Milan in the summer, and a return to the Premier League could be on the cards for the Montenegro international in January.
Jovetic is exactly the type of player that could transform the dynamic of Southampton’s attack and bring out the best in the current top goal-scorer Manolo Gabbiadini, who has shown glimpses of his potential during his short career on the South Coast so far.
Despite his initial success in English football, Gabbiadini is still adapting to life in the Premier League and his true potential is yet to be unearthed. The Italian would undoubtedly see his goal-scoring opportunities increase if Southampton were to introduce a player of Jovetic’s quality to play just in behind him.
The current Saints squad is currently lacking a creative spark to play in the hole between midfield and attack, so 28-year-old Jovetic would certainly be providing the club with an exciting alternative to what is currently available.
Jovetic is tricky, intelligent and composed in the final third of the field, but most importantly he would bring out the best in the players around him at Southampton.
The Saints need to add a number ten to their side to if they want to see an improvement in their results this season, and to indeed get the best out of Gabbiadini once again.
Jovetic more than fits the bill.
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