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Southampton may just have dodged what could have been their biggest transfer mistake in years

Southampton supporters have been pretty upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team produce a spirited display to deservedly draw 1-1 with Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday, although it wasn’t enough to move them out of the bottom three.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s men went into their clash with the North London outfit having failed to win any of their preceding ten league matches, a run which saw them fall into the relegation zone prior to kick off on Sunday. But the South Coast outfit produced a much-improved display to clinch a point from proceedings, with Davinson Sanchez’s own goal giving them an early lead only for Harry Kane to net three minutes later to preserve a point for Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs.

Nevertheless, there have been many optimistic Saints fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that the result and performance can kickstart their season, and thus move them away from the relegation mire.

In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Southampton supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that their move for Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has been blocked by the Merseyside giants.

But given the amount of money the Reds were asking for the 28-year-old, as well as the huge question marks over the striker’s fitness, the Saints may well have dodged what could have been their biggest transfer mistake in years.

Ultimately, while Sturridge’s capabilities at Premier League level cannot be questioned, his fitness and injury record certainly can, with the 28-year-old managing just 133 appearances for Liverpool since his move there back in January 2013.

That works out at an average of just 27 appearances in all competitions per year, while the average amount of Premier League appearances per season comes in at just 20.

Thus, it’s clear that the England international simply cannot be relied upon to play the games needed and score the goals required to keep Southampton in the division.

He’s certainly what the Saints need, with Pellegrino’s side having bagged just 24 goals in 24 league matches so far, but alongside the injury woes of fellow forward Charlie Austin, it would be a huge risk to bring him in and place all their faith in him keeping them up. Unfortunately for Sturridge, injury is likely to strike at some stage.

Add in the amount of money Southampton would have had to spend on Sturridge, and indeed pay him when he got to St Mary’s, and it’s a risk which just isn’t worth taking.

Reports suggest that Liverpool wanted £30 million for the striker this term to consider selling, and with a ratio of a goal every 133 minutes for the club, it’s not hard to see why. And while the Saints have recently been linked with a £50 million double deal for Guido Carrillo and Quincy Promes, wages ‘in excess of £100,000-a-week’ for Sturridge were surely not viable.

So while Sturridge is exactly the type of player Southampton are after this month to improve their fortunes in the second half of the season, Sturridge himself simply isn’t.

As such, the Saints may well have dodged what could have been their biggest transfer mistakes in many years.

Southampton fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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