Southampton failed to get the better of Cardiff City earlier on today as they were beaten at St Mary’s, which will come as a big blow as they now find themselves in the relegation zone.
The Saints won’t be too disheartened by today’s result as they were unbeaten in their previous five Premier League games leading up to today’s fixture, but it’s obvious that there’s still improvements to be had.
Of course, avoiding relegation will be Southampton’s main target in the current campaign, but Ralph Hasenhuttl may start looking towards the summer transfer window at some point.
After being linked (as per the Express) with Rangers’ James Tavernier last month, it would make perfect sense for the Saints to go in for him again at the end of the season.
Tavernier has come on leaps and bounds under the guidance of Steven Gerrard in the current campaign, as he continues to lead by example as the Glasgow side’s captain. He excels in the final third and the defensive third for Rangers, with a whopping 12 goals and 15 assists to his name in the current campaign.
Interestingly, the Englishman was once dubbed as the ‘Blue Cafu’ by Rangers fans, which comes as no surprise as his marauding runs down the right-hand side and incredible tackling ability is very similar to the Brazilian’s.
The Saints currently only have Yan Valery operating in the right wing-back role at this moment in time, and Cedric Soares is set to spend the rest of the season on loan at Italian side Inter Milan, so they could do with strengthening at the end of the current campaign.
Indeed, Tavernier would fit perfectly into Ralph Hasenhuttl’s style at St Mary’s as he poses a great threat moving forward, as well as being an accomplished set-piece and penalty taker. And, with the captain’s armbands in his possession over in Scotland, it’s safe to say that he’d bring valuable experience and leadership qualities with him.
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