The Southampton fans are feeling extremely concerned in the Transfer Tavern due to their side’s precarious league position which sees them sit in 18th place in the Premier League, but they are feeling optimistic about their hopes of survival now that Mauricio Pellegrino has been replaced by Mark Hughes.
The resident Saints faithful had been consistently complaining about Pellegrino’s negative tactics and his inability to grind out results for months prior to his departure, but now that he has left Saint Mary’s the tone amongst the supporters has taken a dramatic shift. Hughes’ first match in charge of the club saw him oversee a victory over Wigan in the quarter-final of the FA Cup which took them through to the last four of the competition.
Although a semi-final date against Chelsea in April is a tantalising one for the supporters, Hughes will be fully aware that remaining in the Premier League is the number one priority for the club right now – anything else is just a bonus. If Southampton do manage to steer away from the bottom-three in the final weeks of the season and secure their Premier League status they will need to ensure they significantly improve their squad in the summer.
The last thing Southampton want is a repeat of the current campaign next season, so it’s imperative they sign a handful of attacking players to improve their potency in the final-third during the summer. One player that should certainly be on the clubs radar at this stage is Celtic’s talismanic winger and former Premier League talent, namely Scott Sinclair (valued at £4.05 million by Transfermarkt).
Since leaving English football for the current Scottish champions, Sinclair hasn’t looked back. During a near-two year stint with The Bhoys, Sinclair has racked up a mightily impressive record of 42 goals and 26 assists from 95 appearances at the club – a record which suggests the 29-year-old has matured as a player since embarking on a new challenge outside of England.
According to The Sun, Both Bournemouth and Brighton are interested in bringing him back to the Premier League next summer, but that should not deter The Saints from making a bid for his services. Despite their poor campaign, Southampton should represent a more appealing prospect for Sinclair than Brighton and Bournemouth, and if the club wish to improve their creativity and guile in the final-third next season they should seriously consider going head to head with their domestic rivals to secure his signature.