Despite the signings made by Southampton over the summer, it’s fair to say that the Saints haven’t quite fired on all cylinders as of yet. They’re in the bottom half of the table, and whilst a number of issues can be visibly seen on the field, the simple fact of the matter is that, more broadly, they just have not been good enough on a weekly basis.
That’s particularly true of the attack at St Mary’s. Games can’t be won without goals, and with just 6 goals under their belt so far this season, it’s always going to be tough for Southampton unless that changes.
It’s no real surprise, then, that they’re apparently looking to bring in more attacking depth. According to Football Insider, Southampton are among the clubs eager on Leeds United man Kemar Roofe.
Whilst Southampton may already have a few top forwards on their books, it’s clear that what they have isn’t good enough. Only Danny Ings has been able to fire them in from the attack so far this term; and Kemar Roofe would certainly give Mark Hughes another significant option.
After all, he’s made a tremendous start to the season. In just 6 games for Leeds, he’s bagged a stellar 4 league goals, whilst he’s also picked up two assists. That’s the sort of record that would put him at the top of Southampton’s list as far as goalscorers are concerned, and that’s only part of what the forward offers.
Not a one dimensional forward, he’s capable coming through the middle or from the flanks and firing towards goals, whilst he’s also efficient in the air.
He is far more than just a goalscorer, though. He’s brilliant with the ball at his feet, as his 7 key passes have highlighted so far this season – whilst his 78.5% passing accuracy is also indicative of his usefulness away from the goal. Roofe is also a hard-working player, meaning that he’s able to contribute in a number of areas. Granted, you won’t catch him in his home penalty box, but it’s not unusual for him to be working hard at both ends of the field.
For Southampton, then, given that they’ll likely be battling relegation this season – if their early season form is anything to go by – the industrious nature of his gameplay and his goalscoring record would suit the Mark Hughes-led side well, and that could be just the boost that they need as the season continues to progress.
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