Southampton seem to just have enough points that will allow them to remain in the Premier League next season. Phew.
Although fragilities in their side are still very noticeable, the Saints have at times, been resurgent under Ralph Hasenhuttl, which leads many fans to have high hopes for next season. Changes to certain players on the pitch have been particularly noticeable and with a full summer to implement his style and bring in players of his own choosing, Southampton could be right back up there at least challenging for a top ten spot.
With a full squad, Southampton know themselves that they should be doing more than battling against relegation.
Now that Mario Lemina has returned, he is without a doubt a player who can change Southampton’s fortunes, getting to 40 points and then beyond next season. Believe it or not, he’s that good.
Lemina, (who is valued at £13.5 million on Transfermarkt) came back from injury in Southampton’s 3-1 defeat to Newcastle, where he scored the away sides goal. Although Hasenhuttl has since developed a midfield trio of Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Lemina’s return to the side could almost be as influential as a new signing.
The former Juventus midfielder has undeniable quality but his issue has always been delivering that consistently. If he can sort himself out on a consistent basis, the £18.1m Southampton reportedly paid for him would look like a real steal. Yes, his quality hasn’t been obvious for a while now but the Gabonese is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with when he’s playing well.
It’s safe to say that if he found his way into the thoughts and considerations of new boss Hasenhuttl, then Southampton no longer have to worry about recruiting more central-midfielders this summer.
Do you agree that Mario Lemina is good enough to go straight back into the starting line-up? If not, why not? Let us know!
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