After a string of mid-table finishes since their promotion to the Premier League back in 2012, Southampton found themselves embroiled in a relegation battle this season.
The departure of key players ranging from Adam Lallana and most recently Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool has seen Southampton’s squad become extremely weaker over time and, if the Saints want to avoid another relegation scuffle this upcoming campaign, they must not only retain all of their important assets but also add to them.
One of the main weaknesses of Mark Hughes’ squad is the lack of goals from the forwards. Charlie Austin’s proneness to injury means he cannot be relied upon, while Manolo Gabbiadini has really struggled for goals during his time at the club despite starting off his career at St. Mary’s so well.
It’s something Hughes must address this summer, and Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi could be the player to fix the problem. The Belgium international impressed while out on loan at Borussia Dortmund, scoring nine goals in 14 games for the German club.
Batshuayi is currently valued at £36m, according to Transfermarkt, but Chelsea will only sell the striker for £50m which could price Dortmund out of a move. If this turns out to be the case, Southampton must go all out to bring Batshuayi in on loan. He’d be an instant upgrade on both Austin and Gabbiadini.
With a centre-forward of Batshuayi’s calibre in their side, considering the talented bunch of players they already have such as Dusan Tadic and Nathan Redmond, the Saints could easily avoid back-to-back relegation scraps and push for a top 10 finish in the Premier League.
If no team is willing to meet Chelsea’s £50m demand for Batshuayi, then Southampton must go all out to secure the Belgian.