Southampton supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side go down 3-0 away at fellow Premier League strugglers West Ham on Saturday to remain inside the division’s bottom three.
Mark Hughes’ men went into their clash with the Hammers in East London off the back of beating Wigan Athletic 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in their preceding outing, a result our resident Saints fans had hoped would spur the club on in their bid to avoid relegation. But the South Coast club were comfortably second-best at the London Stadium on Saturday as a brace from Marko Arnautovic after Joao Mario’s opener secured a routine win for David Moyes’ side, thus leaving Southampton 18th in the Premier League and two points adrift of safety.
Subsequently, there have been many despondent and angry Saints supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hugely concerned by their side’s recent run of poor form, a run which is threatening to relegate them to the Championship.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Southampton fans to discuss, not least recent reports linking their club with a summer move for Barcelona forward Paco Alcacer.
And while the 24-year-old would likely be a useful addition to Hughes’ squad, landing Alcacer would be seriously bad news for fellow forward Shane Long.
Ultimately, the 30-year-old has mustered just 12 Premier League starts for the South Coast outfit this term to underline his position in the pecking order, a position which got worse following Guido Carillo’s arrival from Monaco during the January transfer window.
And with just one league goal to show for his endeavours this season, the Republic of Ireland international simply hasn’t done enough to propel himself up the pecking order at St Mary’s, and while he did make four successive starts over the New Year period, he was never likely to maintain that once Carillo arrived and Charlie Austin returned from injury.
And so it has proved, with Long failing to start any of their last six Premier League matches, which itself says a lot given the Saints are seriously struggling for goals having bagged just 29 in their 31 league games so far this season.
Thus, another striker addition like Alcacer over the summer is only likely to push the 30-year-old even further away from the first team, and perhaps out of the club altogether.
So while news of a possible move for Alcacer is likely to be well-received by Saints fans in the Tavern, landing the 24-year-old would represent bad news for Long is his bid for regular football at the South Coast club.
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