This January was a chance for new Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl to make an impression at St Mary’s.
It was the first transfer window for the Austrian to sink his teeth into after arriving at the south coast in December. Therefore, questions were being asked as to who he would bring in, and who he would let go.
With that in mind, here are the two biggest mistakes Southampton made this January:
Not signing Che Adams
The Saints were heavily linked with Birmingham’s Che Adams throughout the transfer window, and after selling Manolo Gabbiadini, may have wanted another signing. They failed to sign the 22-year-old in the end which may prove costly for a number of reasons.
Firstly, as Southampton fight for survival in the Premier League, they could have done with acquiring the services of Adams, who has 15 goals and 3 assists in the Championship this season.
Secondly, the fact that they were so keenly trying to sign a new striker did not send out a great message to their current crop of forwards, particularly Shane Long and Charlie Austin. Both the Irishman and the Englishman will know that they are not looked upon favourably by Hasenhüttl, and that may change their attitude for better or for worse.
Missing out on James Tavernier
After losing right-back Cédric Soares to Italian giants Inter Milan, The Saints (via the Express) set their sights on Rangers’ captain James Tavernier. The Gers’ manager Steven Gerrard was obviously reluctant to let his captain go, as he is a key member of a team that are pushing Celtic all the way in the Scottish Premiership.
Southampton clearly failed to land Tavernier, and they did not have a back up option, and now they are left with very low numbers in the right-back position. This has not proved to be too troublesome so far, as the manager has chosen to player with wing-backs, rather than fullbacks, and the 19-year-old Yan Valery has ably stepped up to play there. The Frenchman has proven to be a favourite of Hasenhüttl’s, and looks to occupy the right flank for the rest of the season. However, he is very inexperienced, and that may be highlighted at some point. There is the additional danger of him picking up an injury. Tavernier would have just meant that Hasenhüttl could have felt slightly more comfortable with his squad.
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