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3 January signings that would relieve the pressure on Saints boss Claude Puel

While they are excited about having the advantage after the first leg of the League Cup semi-final against Liverpool, all is not well when it comes to the Premier League for the Southampton fans in the Football Transfer Tavern.

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Burnley was their fourth successive top flight loss and one which has seen the Saints slip down to 13th in the table, closer to the relegation places and beginning to make the supporters standing at the bar look nervously over their shoulders.

The south coast outfit’s manager Claude Puel has come under scrutiny from the supporters for a perceived boring style of play – as well as making a number of changes to his starting XI on a game-by-game basis – and he is under pressure to help the club climb back up the standings.

While they tend to dominate matches and generally have a host of chances, their biggest problem has been putting the ball in the back of the net – they have scored just 19 goals in 21 Premier League fixtures this term – and the punters and the landlord are demanding that at least one striker is brought into the club during the next couple of weeks.

Here are THREE January signings that would relieve the pressure on Saints boss Puel…

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