The Southampton fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that Mark Hughes will usher in a new era of success for the club next season after he officially took the reigns on a 3-year deal.
Mark Hughes was rewarded with a long-term deal on the south coast after guiding the Saints to survival following a nerve-jangling conclusion to the season for the Saints faithful lining up our bar. The Welsh manager will now be hoping to receive generous financial backing in the transfer market in return for his success, but there is reason to suggest that he could make at least one fantastic addition to his squad without having to spend a single penny.
Arsenal recently announced that Santi Cazorla will be released by the club when his contract reaches its expiry at the end of June after a 6 year spell with the Gunners. The end of his career with Arsenal has been marred by injury problems which forced him to spend the entirety of the 2017/18 season on the sideline, so his departure is hardly surprising considering he is set to turn 34 in December.
Although his age will obviously impact on his physical capacity to regularly complete 90 minutes of Premier League football, Mark Hughes should consider making a contract offer to the ambidextrous Spaniard this summer as his playmaking abilities could inject a level of creativity which was glaringly absent last season. The likes of Oriel Romeu, Mario Lemina and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg formed the basis of Southampton’s midfield, but none of the aforementioned players possess the ability to dictate proceedings and carve open defences from the centre of the pitch.
Cazorla’s arrival could solve that problem at Southampton and provide Hughes with a useful weapon to call upon when his side are struggling to create chances next season. Not only would Cazorla improve the overall potency of Southampton’s attack, but his presence would help Dusan Tadic to step up a level by decreasing the creative burden on his shoulders.
The 33-year-old’s ability to find his teammates in promising positions with his extensive range of passing would also help the Serbia international to terrorise Premier League defenders in promising one-on-one situations by linking up with the Spaniard, so Hughes should strongly consider offering Cazorla a lifeline in English football by brining him to St Mary’s this summer.
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