Southampton will be hoping for a better season this season, compared to their difficult campaign last time out.
Mauricio Pellegrino had the Saints on the verge of relegation, before Mark Hughes came into the club. Years of selling their best players, and losing good managers seemed to have finally caught up with the south coast outfit.
Looking to next season, Southampton still seem a couple of transfers away from ensuring they don’t have another relegation battle next season. There is undeniable quality in the side, but overall the squad looked out-of-sorts last season. Southampton need to build on this Summer’s transfer business with one more top-quality addition before the transfer window ends.
With that in mind, a dream end to the transfer window would surely be offloading past-it Shane Long, and replacing him with a younger striker with more ability.
Veteran striker Shane Long has been a fairly lethal threat in his day, particularly in the second tier of English football. However, since the 2010/11 season, the Irish striker has not scored more than ten League goals at any of his clubs. Southampton need better than the £7m rated striker (by Transfermarkt) to really push on. In his last two Premier League seasons, he has scored a paltry five Premier League goals. He has a lovely touch, and a good turn of pace, but at 31-years-of-age and with his goalscoring record, Southampton should look to sell Long.
Southampton need to bring Maximiliano Gómez in to St Mary’s. Transfermarkt value the highly-rated striker at £22.5m. Celta Vigo are a lower-mid table La Liga side, so Southampton could well tempt him with a move to the Premier League. He wouldn’t come cheap, but goals don’t ever come cheap in the modern game. Maxi Gamez, despite being just 21-years-old, is already a full Uruguayan international who is only going to improve. Tempting him from the Galician club would be a real statement of intent from the Saints.