The Southampton fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling nervous about the prospect of relegation this season, but they believe there is enough quality in their squad to ensure they beat the drop.
Southampton’s form in recent weeks has done little to suggest that Mauricio Pellegrino will steer the club away from the relegation zone in the final weeks of the season, much to the concern of the resident Saints propping up our bar. Regardless of whether the club survive this season, the vast majority of supporters are calling for his dismissal this summer.
A change of personnel in the managers hot-seat appears to be a likely outcome at this moment in time, but the club should also be focusing on ways to improve the quality of their squad as well this summer. According to The Mirror, West Ham are interested in signing Jonny Evans (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) from West Bromwich Albion if they are relegated this season in a deal which would be worth a measly £3 million due to a relegation clause in his contract.
The £3 million price-tag represents serious value for money considering Evans’ quality and rich experience in the Premier League, so the Saints would be foolish not to rival West Ham for his signature next summer. And with West Brom in free-fall at the bottom of the Premier League table, there is almost no doubt that Evans’ relegation clause will have been triggered by the time the season reaches its conclusion in May.
In this day and age where the transfer market is characterised by absurdly inflated prices, a potential deal for Evans would certainly represent one of the greatest bargains in recent history. The Northern Irish international is an excellent reader of the game, a commanding header of the ball and a player who consistently leads by example. He would be a genuine asset and a definite starter at the heart of Southampton’s defence, so they should do everything they can to beat The Hammers to his signature if he does indeed become available for just £3 million at the end of the season.