Southampton fans will start to become concerned unless results start to improve soon.
Mark Hughes saved the club from relegation on the final day of the campaign last season, just one point separating them from the drop zone. The Welshman was given the job permanently but has been unable to improve their fortunes this season vastly. Issues in defence will be concerning for the former Stoke boss heading into the busy festive period.
Adding a combative defensive midfielder could be just what the Saints need in the January transfer window. Not since Victor Wanyama have Southampton had a defensive midfielder who offers valuable protection to the back four. Therefore, the Saints must make a move for Toulouse rock – Ibrahim Sangare.
Valued at £6.55m by Transfermarkt, the Ivorian has developed into a key player for his side after being promoted from the B team in 2016. Sangare made 20 Ligue 1 appearances last season and has featured in all seven of Toulouse’s first seven fixtures in the new campaign. He could prove to be an inspired addition to the Southampton side.
Not known for his offensive talent, Sangare would add some much-needed steel in the Saints midfield. The 20-year-old averaged an incredible 3.6 tackles per game last season, only Leicester’s Wilfred N’Didi averaged more in the entire Premier League (WhoScored). His arrival could help bring the best out of Stuart Armstrong who has struggled since signing from Celtic in the summer.
The midfielder is still improving and developing, and it won’t be long before one of Europe’s giants come calling – Southampton need to wrap this deal up as soon as possible.
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