Southampton haven’t started the campaign with a great deal of confidence but with an abundance of new signings, they hope to come good soon.
Mark Hughes has got what he wanted in the transfer market and on paper, Southampton have the potential to be a top ten side, like they were for a few seasons before last.
Last season was a complete write-off for many reasons but specifically because players didn’t have the desire to play for the shirt. The Saints survived by just three points and consequently this summer had to go out and spend big, to ensure better players were brought in and the team are generally more motivated to succeed.
This season so far has highlighted the need for Southampton to go out and buy a more defensive minded midfielder to partner Oriol Romeu, which would then allow Mario Lemina to push forward in a more free role. A player who could fit that criteria perfectly is West Brom’s Englishman Jake Livermore.
Livermore, (who is valued at £8.1 million on Transfermarkt) has been an important player for West Brom ever since joining and his form even earned him a re-call to the England squad this year. He is a powerful runner, a strong tackler and can be a man to pop up with a goal or assist, which he managed two of last season.
He offered protection to West Brom’s back-line and that was a combination that worked well until their team was found out and exploited when they were relegated last season.
Southampton don’t have a midfielder you could see flying into a tackle and committing 100% into everything he does. That’s why signing Jake Livermore would be a great addition and especially to help protect a back-four that are beginning to look more stable by the game.
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