Southampton supporters have been hugely despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team suffer a 3-0 defeat at the hands of fellow Premier League relegation candidates West Ham on Saturday to remain firmly lodged inside the bottom three.
Mark Hughes’ men went into their clash with the Hammers off the back of beating Wigan Athletic to reach the last four of the FA Cup in their previous outing, a result the Welshman would have hoped would galvanise the squad ahead of their Premier League relegation battle. But the Saints were comfortably second-best at the London Stadium on Saturday with a brace from Marko Arnautovic alongside Joao Mario’s opener securing a deserved three points for Moyes’ side, thus leaving the South Coast outfit in the final relegation place and two points adrift of safety.
Thus, there have been many disappointed and angry Southampton fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are deeply concerned by their side’s woeful recent run of form, with relegation to the Championship looming large if they cannot get back to winning ways quickly.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Saints supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Bayer Leverkusen youngster Kai Havertz.
And while Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal are reportedly thought to be leading the race, the exciting £22.5 million-rated wonderkid (as per Transfermarkt) should forget about a move to the Emirates Stadium, and instead opt for the South Coast and Southampton.
Ultimately, Gunners boss Wenger is very much spoilt for choice in terms of attacking options at the Premier League giants, what with January signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan adding to the already-talented attacking unit consisting of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi, and Danny Welbeck.
And with Ozil penning a new deal earlier this season, those ranks are very well-stocked and are unlikely to allow for an 18-year-old youngster to come in and command regular football, and given the struggles the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, and Theo Walcott, to name but a few, endured during their stints at Arsenal, it may not be an attractive proposition for Havertz.
Southampton though, if they stay in the Premier League, certainly would be, as the Saints have a history of developing young talent in the first team, many of whom have gone on to bigger and better things following their education and experiences at St Mary’s.
And with Hughes’ side seriously struggling in the attacking third of the pitch, having managed just 29 goals in their 31 Premier League games this season, they could do with a player who has scored three goals and laid on seven assists for Leverkusen this term – thus, regular football is much more likely at St Mary’s than it is at the Emirates Stadium.
Obviously, much will depend on whether the Saints stay in the Premier League or not, but if they can indeed get out of the mire this term, previous good seasons suggest that the infrastructure is there to push on next time round, and exciting signings like Havertz can only help in moving them up the division once again.
As such, the 18-year-old should forget about a move to Arsenal, and instead opt for Southampton if they remain in the Premier League this term.
Southampton fans… what do you think? Let us know!