Opinion

£6.3m-rated World Cup winning outcast can solve Southampton’s striker crisis

Southampton have sparked into life this transfer window by recently adding both Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong to the club.

Elyounoussi joins the Saints from Basel for a £16m fee, as reported by Sky Sports, while Armstrong left SPL champions Celtic and arrived at St. Mary’s in a £7m deal (via BBC Sport).

Having now strengthened his midfield and attacking midfield options with the signings of Elyounoussi and Armstrong, manager Mark Hughes must now turn his attention to up front.

Guido Carrillo has failed to have any impact since joining Southampton in the January transfer window, Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long have barely done any better in front of goal, while Charlie Austin is constantly picking up injuries.

Furthermore, Hughes should consider making an approach for Tottenham target man Fernando Llorente.

Llorente, who is valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt, hasn’t been able to impose himself at Spurs after leaving Swansea for north London with Harry Kane the club’s undisputed No.9.

The 33-year-old could now be made available for transfer and would be a great buy for Southampton if he were to be signed.

Llorente can add the sort of firepower up front the Saints have been missing. The former Juventus centre-forward scored 15 Premier League goals for Swansea in the 2016/17 campaign and, in a team like Southampton that possesses much better players than the Swans, Llorente could easily hit similar figures again.

While he may represent a short-term option, Llorente would still be a drastic upgrade – that wouldn’t cost much – on most of Southampton’s strikers.

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