Southampton fans in the Football Transfer Tavern will certainly be concerned with their lack of options at centre-half.
With captain Jose Fonte leaving for West Ham last week, and then new skipper Virgil van Dijk picking up an injury against Leicester City that sidelined him for the League Cup semi-final second leg tie against Liverpool at Anfield.
The feeling among the Saints supporters standing at the bar is that they must bring in a new centre-back before the January transfer window slams shut, with Maya Yoshida and youngster Jack Stephens the only natural and fully fit players in that position right now – the landlord knows that is a precarious position to be in depending on what the diagnosis of Van Dijk’s problem is.
While they kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 win against Leicester City at St Mary’s on Sunday, the south coast outfit’s rearguard had looked shaky in their previous Premier League fixtures – they let in three against Everton and four at home to Tottenham over the festive period – something that the fans that frequent the tavern haven’t been used to in recent years.
Southampton boss Claude Puel simply must look to sign ONE of these TWO centre-backs before next Tuesday..
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