Southampton are set to be without striker Michael Obafemi for the rest of the season with Ralph Hasenhuttl confirming yesterday the extent of the 18-year-old’s hamstring injury (via Southampton’s official Twitter).
Elsewhere, Danny Ings also remains unavailable, leaving his manager in quite the predicament.
The Saints, of course, failed in their pursuit of Birmingham City striker Che Adams in the last transfer window (Sky Sports), meaning Hasenhuttl is now left with just Charlie Austin and Shane Long when it comes to his options up front.
And with the duo hardly reliable for different reasons, the club will now surely be ruing their decision not to fork out the money on Adams or an alternative No.9.
Things are extremely tight at the bottom of the Premier League, and the lack of fit and firing forwards could end up making all the difference in the worst way possible for the Saints.
Have a look at what Southampton supporters have had to say on the matter below…
Che Adams: £15-20 million
Relegation: £100+ million
The board have massively gambled again this year and I don’t think it’s going to pay off.
— Jonathan Hart (@JHART_SFC) February 26, 2019
Wow really is a good job we didn't sign any attackers (or anyone at all) in January huh
— Rob (@rjcSFC) February 26, 2019
can’t help but laugh at this well done to ralph and the board for not getting another striker in and getting rid of our best striker and not replacing him. Genius tactics
— Sammy B (@sammysfcb) February 26, 2019
What a joke. All our strikers are injury prone including Austin and Gallagher. We let gabbiadini leave and wait until last couple of days of window to try and sign a striker with a miserly offer. The only consolation Che Adams doesn’t score many ……..Oh wait my bad
— gregiola (@gregvul) February 26, 2019
Embarrassing that little Bournemouth spend the money in transfer window & we don’t
— sirfrost76 (@sirfrost761) February 26, 2019
He may be wondering what he signed up for.
— Stuart Hack (@HackStuart) February 26, 2019
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— Ben (@benjii82) February 26, 2019