Opinion

Reed should prove Southampton ambitious and make audacious swoop on Man United

With Guido Carrillo inching closer to a St. Mary’s exit, Southampton’s need for a new centre-forward has become an even more urgent one.

Carrillo hasn’t offered Southampton anything since he became the club’s record buy back in January after signing from AS Monaco. But the Argentine’s expected departure to La Liga outfit Leganes has somehow made the Saints look even lighter up front.

Even prior to Carrillo’s imminent outgoing, Southampton had been linked with bringing in a new centre-forward, and Barcelona’s Paco Alcacer was touted as a potential candidate for the position (via Sky Sports).

However, not much has happened in that area yet, although Carrillo reuniting with former Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino could change that.

With that in mind, once the Saints decide to move for a new striker, they should make a play for Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

Rashford, who is valued at £58.8m by Transfermarkt, has struggled to retain a spot in Manchester United’s starting XI under Jose Mourinho and if the Portuguese coach cannot guarantee the youngster minutes for the upcoming season, then a loan move elsewhere for the new campaign may become an option.

Rashford has the finishing ability and instinct that Southampton’s current crop of strikers are severely lacking.

With the 20-year-old in their side, plus the quality the Saints already have in other areas of the pitch, Hughes’ men would have the means to not only avoid another relegation scrap, but also to challenge for a Europa League qualification spot.

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