Southampton supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side reach the last four of the FA Cup following a 2-0 success over League One promotion contenders Wigan Athletic on Sunday.
The South Coast outfit edged past Fulham, Watford, and West Brom to reach the quarter-finals of the world’s oldest club cup competition, thus providing some respite for our resident Saints fans given their team’s horrendous Premier League form. And Mark Hughes’ men reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2003 on Sunday as goals from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Cedric Soares saw off giant-killing Wigan at the DW Stadium, thus earning Southampton a meeting with Chelsea at Wembley next month.
Consequently, there have been many buoyant Saints fans in the Tavern in recent times, and they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from March 19 print edition of the The Daily Mirror (via HITC), which suggests that Hughes is eyeing a reunion with midfielder Joe Allen at St Mary’s this summer.
The 28-year-old currently plays his football at Stoke City and has done so since Hughes signed him back in 2016, with the Wales international going on to make 70 appearances for the Potters, in which time he has scored ten goals and laid on 11 assists.
And with two goals and six assists in 29 Premier League games this term, it looks like Allen will play a key part in their quest to avoid relegation, yet recent reports suggest that he could well be linking up with Hughes once again.
And that’s because the new Southampton boss is reportedly interested in bringing the former Liverpool midfielder to St Mary’s this summer, as the Welshman seeks to stamp his authority on things at the South Coast outfit.
Landlord’s verdict: Mark Hughes may only have a contract at Southampton until the end of the season, but that hasn’t stopped the Welshman from planning ahead in case he gets the job on a longer term basis.
And that’s because reports have emerged suggesting that the Saints are interested in a move for Stoke City’s Joe Allen in the summer, a player Hughes bought while in charge of the Potters back in 2016, and then used extensively in his midfield to help them finish 13th in the Premier League last term.
And while Hughes will obviously know Allen’s strengths, the Southampton midfield department is already well-stocked and is arguably their strongest position on the pitch, thus calling into question among some of our resident Saints fans whether or not their club need Allen this summer.
There are probably more pressing matters for Hughes to address during the close season were he to get the job permanently.
Southampton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!