Southampton fans are more than happy to know the season is finally over, after only just surviving relegation once again this campaign. Thank the high heavens for that, right?
Indeed, had it not been for the arrival of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, the Saints may have been facing a stint back in the Championship next season after an awful start to their campaign under Mark Hughes. In fact, that name alone is probably enough to send shivers down your spine.
There are a number of problems with their team but simply put, their recurring issue of not scoring enough goals is getting closer to catching them out.
As joint-sixth lowest scorers in the league, Ralph Hasenhuttl will understand better than anyone exactly where his team needs to improve. With a clinical, Premier League proven striker on-board such as Aleksandar Mitrovic, Southampton may no longer fear the relegation zone, instead dreaming about kicking-on further up the table.
Mitrovic, (who is valued at £22.5 million on Transfermarkt) scored 11 goals and provided three assists in a very poor Fulham side that was relegated from the Premier League this season. Still, his goal contribution shows that despite being the main striker in a very poor team, he has the talent to be a real star with more creativity around him at a team like Southampton.
Whilst Saints have to splash out £20 million because of their obligation to buy Danny Ings this summer, player sales in other departments could allow the purchase of Mitrovic to take place as well. Certainly, he’d fit the bill at St. Mary’s and was even linked (as per the Daily Express) with a £30m move to the south coast earlier this month.
A palpable goal threat, someone to lead the line and a player to excite the fans, the former Newcastle ace really does have it all. No longer would some of those home games seem like such a struggle if he was bouncing off the likes of Nathan Redmond and nodding in James Ward-Prowse’s set-pieces.
After all, the Serbian international is still only 24-years-old and is getting better by the season, making him a striker who Southampton would surely really want.
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