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Southampton must keep Shane Long or risk losing crucial depth up front

Southampton must keep Shane Long or risk losing crucial depth up front

Mark Hughes left it late to sign a striker in the transfer window but as time began to run out the Saints brought in Liverpool forward, Danny Ings on loan for the season.

After loaning out the less than impressive Guido Carrillo, Southampton desperately needed a forward to come in and partner Charlie Austin up front.

Austin struggled with a hamstring injury last season, which saw only make 24 appearances in the league, scoring seven goals.

Fellow striker Manolo Gabbiadini also had a less than impressive season, managing five goals from 28 games, thus the need for a new striker was right at the top of Mark Hughes’ shopping list.

It’s unsure firstly how well new man Danny Ings will do this year, and secondly, if he can stay fit after having a torrid time with injuries

With Southampton’s inability to score goals in mind, Hughes will need plenty of options to call on from the bench.

Therefore, Southampton should keep Shane Long whom according to Birmingham Live is a target for Aston Villa.

The Breakdown

Much like his fellow striker partners, Long has really struggled to score many goals for the club and only managed two in 30 games in the league.

What he does provide, however, is great work rate, exceptional aerial ability and could possibly be a good partner for Ings.

Long does only have two years left on his current deal and there is sense in selling him if the club don’t want to keep him long-term but at least for this season, Southampton need to maintain as many options up front as possible.

Saints fans – agree?

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