According to Sky Sports, Southampton flop Guido Carrillo is closing in on a move to Leganes after a testing six months at St Mary’s. The Argentine was brought in by former boss Mauricio Pellegrino in a bid to solve their striking woes, but with no goals for the club in the second half of last season, it appears that his future already lies away from the South Coast.
But with Mark Hughes’ men seeking to move up the Premier League next term and perhaps re-establish themselves as a top ten club, they will surely eye reinforcements to the striking ranks, which is why they must seek to replace the awful Carrillo with Liverpool’s Danny Ings this summer.
Ultimately, the one-time England international has endured a tricky time at Anfield ever since his move there from Burnley back in 2015, with the 25-year-old mustering just 25 senior appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side, over half of which came last season.
Yes, injuries have no doubt played a part in his struggles, but with the lethal front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah producing the goods for the Merseyside giants, it’s difficult to see how the Englishman forces his way into Klopp’s regular first team plans.
And with reports last month suggesting that Ings is interested in a move away, Hughes’ Southampton must be at the front of the queue, as although Carrillo did little in the second half of last season, his departure would leave them somewhat short up top.
Charlie Austin remains the main striker at St Mary’s but his injury issues have been well documented, whilst Shane Long and Manolo Gabbiadini netted only seven Premier League goals between them last season, five of which coming from the latter.
Thus, if the Saints are serious about reclaiming their place in the top half of the division, having finished there four times in succession prior to last season’s struggle, they have to reinforce the striking department – Ings’ arrival would do just that.
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Yes, things have been a struggle at Liverpool, but one mustn’t forget that the 25-year-old earned a move to Anfield as a result of netting 11 goals for Burnley in the 2014/15 Premier League season, form which also earned him his solitary England cap in the autumn of 2015.
And in a Southampton side that created 322 chances last season (as per Squawka), only the top six plus Bournemouth created more, Ings could seriously flourish, and potentially get back to the form that earned him a move to Anfield, and indeed an England cap.
Thus, with Carrillo seemingly on his way out of St Mary’s, Hughes must seek to replace the Argentine flop with £7.2 million-rated Ings (as per Transfermarkt).
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