Southampton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the summer transfer window, as their club seek the additions that can move them clear of the Premier League’s bottom three next time round.
Mark Hughes’ men narrowly avoided the drop this season in finishing 17th in the table, just three points clear of third-bottom Swansea City, with their 1-0 win over the Swans in their penultimate game of the campaign playing a vital role in their survival mission. However, prior to this season, the Saints had recorded three successive top half finishes, and our resident Southampton fans are hoping their side can do that again next term, although signings will certainly be needed at St Mary’s over the summer.
And with the South Coast outfit in particular struggling in the final third of the pitch, Hughes could do a lot worse than seek a reunion with £18 million-rated ace Daniel Sturridge (as per Transfermarkt), as doing so would take the club to the next level next time round.
Ultimately, 28-year-old Sturridge endured a nightmarish campaign this term in making just 20 appearances over the course of the season, 14 for Liverpool and then only six on loan at relegated West Brom.
As such, the Englishman missed out on Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup, thus leaving his career at a crossroads given he is 28 years of age, and doesn’t look like getting anywhere under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
Yet a reunion with Hughes, having worked under the Welshman at Manchester City back in 2008 and 2009, could be exactly what Sturridge needs to get this career going again – more significantly though, he could be exactly what Southampton need next season.
Clearly, the Saints had a problem putting the ball in the back of the net this term with just 37 goals in their 38 Premier League games, with Charlie Austin and Dusan Tadic finishing as joint top-scorers with a mere seven.
Simply, that’s not going to be enough for a side that recorded three successive top ten finishes prior to this season, and one that will not want to endure another testing battle against relegation next time round – they need a goal-scorer.
And while Sturridge would arrive with injury concerns, much like current Saints forward Austin, it’s evident that, if fit, the England international will score goals at Premier League level, having done so in the past for City, Chelsea, and of course Liverpool.
And with Southampton having created 329 chances in the Premier League this term, only the top six have created more, it’s clear that they are just a goal-scorer away from returning to the top half of the division – Sturridge could be that man.
And with his career in limbo after the crushing disappointment of missing out on the World Cup squad, the forward should seek a reunion with Hughes at Southampton in a move which would be in the best interests of both him and indeed the Saints.
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