Ex-Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is wanting to reunite with one of his former players in Guido Carrillo.
Pellegrino is currently the manager of Leganes and he wants to bring Carrillo back to the club after taking him on loan last season after being sacked by Saints towards the end of the 17/18 season.
The 28-year-old attacker has been wanted on loan again by the La Liga side, however, Southampton reportedly only want to sell him permanently.
Guido Carrillo enjoyed a decent season with Leganes last term, scoring six times in 32 games for the Madrid-based side, starting 23 times and coming on in nine, according to WhoScored.
Since Pellegrino’s sacking in March 2018, he has rarely featured for Southampton, playing just twice under Mark Hughes (via Transfermarkt), so it’s not surprising to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side wanting to shift the player.
Despite Danny Ings playing eight games less than him last season, he still scored more goals with seven, and assisted three compared to just one. Indeed, Che Adams has also arrived to strengthen the frontline and the Austrian coach does tend to focus on a pressing system (via Total Football Analysis), a system in which Carrillo – who is far more of a target man having won 6.6 aerial duels per game last season – may not be suited to.
Carrillo has pretty much proven to be a waste of money since arriving in Hampshire but a move to Spain to work under a manager under whom he’s previously thrived (he scored 35 goals in 120 appearances under the Argentine according to Transfermarkt) could be a positive step for his career.
In Adams and Ings, the Saints do look to have a more mobile frontline and one more in keeping with their manager’s style.
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