Here in the Tavern, Southampton fans are unsure to say the least about their future in the Premier League. After an abysmal season under recently sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino, Sainst now have just games to turn their disastrous season around.
As well as the appointment of Pellegrino going extremely wrong, the players haven’t covered themselves in any type of glory. One player who has been particularly disappointing is Irish striker Shane Long, valued at £7.20 million on Transfermarkt. The 31-year-old has featured mainly when coming on from the bench but even so, scoring one goal in 25 appearances this season isn’t nearly enough and it’s no wonder that Southampton have been struggling.
The striker simply isn’t a goalscorer and in the Saints’ desperate time of need, Shane Long is not an adequate player that is worth calling upon. Long, who also plays for the Republic of Ireland of course, will always give 100% effort when he plays and certainly won’t allow defenders to take a moment’s rest. The trouble is, a striker is supposed to score goals. In his last 70 games for Southampton in all competitions, Long has managed just 6 goals, a frankly embarrassing return.
Southampton have won just five Premier League games but drawn 13 games, mainly down to their inability to secure the much-needed goals to win the game.
With that in mind, Shane Long is a player that the Saints should look to replace this summer as they will desperately need a goal-scorer no matter what league they find themselves in.
Long is an ideal kind-of player because he never gives up and always hassles the opposition’s defence. Unfortunately for him though, his main job should be to score goals and whilst not doing that enough for a few years now, Southampton may look at this summer transfer window as an opportunity to offload Long.
Thoughts Saints -Would you sell Shane Long?