Southampton have certainly improved under the guidance of Ralph Hasenhuttl, having gone unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions.
The Saints could still do with dipping into the transfer market to secure themselves a couple of upgrades in areas that require improvements, but investing in the right players has been a problem in recent history.
Interestingly, it appears as if Hasenhuttl has a couple of players in his sights, as according to the Mirror (14/01; 09:39), Southampton are keen on signing Brentford duo Ollie Watkins and Chris Mepham, who are both valued at £20 million a piece by the Championship club.
However, the Saints may be looking in the wrong direction as splashing a large amount of cash on both players could be seen as a gamble.
Therefore, here’s TWO reasons as to why Southampton should avoid Brentford like the plague…
NO PREMIER LEAGUE EXPERIENCE
Southampton have improved in recent times but they could still find themselves in a relegation fight come the end of the season if they fail to invest in the right areas this month.
The likes of Ollie Watkins and Chris Mepham lack experience in the Championship, let alone in the Premier League, so they may crumble under the pressure of Premier League football.
It would make more sense for Hasenhuttl to look at bringing in players that he has previously worked with as they’d at least be able to offer higher level experience, opposed to the Brentford pair who haven’t always been able to ensure consistency in the Championship.
GUIDO CARRILLO FLASHBACK
Southampton broke their previous transfer record to secure the services of Guido Carrillo back in January of last year for £19.2 million. But, this proved to be a huge mistake as the South American failed to have any desired impact and is now playing his football on loan at Spanish side Leganes.
Sadly, the Saints run the risk of falling into a similar trap if they go ahead and match Brentford’s reported evaluation, as Watkins and Mepham could struggle just like Carrillo did after a promising stint at another club.
Indeed, Hasenhuttl would be paying the big fee with the view to both players playing a big part in the future of the club, with chances possibly being limited this season. So, Southampton should invest in upgrades that can have a huge affect on proceedings at this moment in time instead.
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