After Southampton sold their two top scorers over the last couple of seasons, they made the bold call not to directly replace them as such.
Graziano Pelle moved to SD Luneng in the Chinese Super League, while Sadio Mane joined Liverpool in a hugely expensive move.
The pair scored a combined 44 Premier League goals over the 2014/15 and 2015/16 campaigns, yet Claude Puel chose not to replace either with an out and out striker.
Instead, he put his faith in Charlie Austin – who joined in January and scored 18 goals in his only full Premier League season with QPR – and Nathan Redmond, who Puel had converted from a winger after signing the youngster from Norwich City.
While Austin has done well and scored eight goals in 16 games this season, Redmond has struggled on the goals front.
The 22-year-old has looked lively and had created plenty of chances for himself but only has three goals so far.
While the England U21 international is one of the most popular players amongst the Saints propping up the bar, there’s little doubt those on the South Coast could use more firepower.
Southampton are currently in tenth and will need more goals to fire them into the European spots.
Witht that in mind, here are FOUR strikers we at the Tavern think they should sign.
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