Southampton secured their first three points of the campaign last time out against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The Saints will be looking to avoid dropping into a relegation dog fight in the current campaign, and it’s fair to say that the signs have been bright so far this season.
However, Southampton will welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to St Mary’s in their next Premier League encounter. The Seagulls are one the same amount of points as the Saints and have already secured an upset against Manchester United this season, so it won’t be easy later on today.
Nevertheless, Mark Hughes has some decisions to make in terms of team selection, with a couple of players possibly forcing their way into the side.
With that in mind, these TWO Southampton men must start today…
The Englishman was the Saints’ top scorer last season despite suffering through injury for large parts of the season.
And, it’s safe to say that he has displayed moments of brilliance in the current campaign and has opened his goalscoring account in the EFL Cup.
Indeed, Shane Long offered very little alongside Danny Ings at the pinnacle of the attack last time out against Crystal Palace, so Mark Hughes should give Austin the nod to provide more of a threat in the final third.
The experienced midfielder was sensational during his time away on international duty with Northern Ireland, scoring one goal and putting in a number of accomplished displays.
However, he hasn’t really been included in the Southampton side so far this season due to the amount of midfielders that Mark Hughes has at his disposal.
Therefore, judging from his international break performances, Hughes should find a way of including him in his starting lineup against Brighton and Hove Albion.