With the European transfer window and EFL domestic loan window slamming shut imminently, Southampton manager Mark Hughes will be feeling the pressure to sort out any potential outgoings as soon as possible.
Southampton steadied the ship under Mark Hughes last season, but there are still problems that need to be sorted out on the South Coast.
The Saints got off to a 0-0 draw against Sean Dyche’s Burnley, before losing 2-1 at Goodison Park. One real issue at the club is goal-scoring, with Charlie Austin and Shane Long really struggling to find the net in recent times.
Mark Hughes needs to get some goals out of his strike force to garner better results in the future. The Welsh boss will be keen to avoid the start to the season the Saints had last season, when Hughes entered the club, they were deep in the mire of a relegation battle.
With that in mind, here are two players who Hughes should sell imminently if they don’t start performing…
Shane Long has simply struggled for goals in recent seasons. For all of his good movement, his statistics show that he is badly off-form for the Saints. He scored just two Premier League goals last season, and three the season before that. For a striker, you really expect more if you don’t want to be dragged into a relegation battle.
Shane Long should show Mark Hughes what he can do in training, or surely the Welsh manager should be moving on Long from St Mary’s.
The Irishman is valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt. Considering he is now 31-years-old, a quick fire sale might be for the best unless Long finds his shooting boots.
The 29-year-old Japan international seems out of favour with Mark Hughes. He has been too lightweight, and made too many errors in his recent games for the Saints.
Maya Yoshida needs to impress in his next appearances or a quick fire sale could be on the cards. The window for European clubs closes on the 31st August, so there is still time to sell him before the January reason.