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Southampton’s Sam Gallagher has really messed up by staying put

Southampton’s Sam Gallagher has really messed up by staying put

Southampton are hopeful that with a full season under Mark Hughes, their relegation battle of last season can be quickly forgotten with a successful 2018/19 Premier League campaign. 

Having narrowly avoided relegation last season, Southampton have tried to ensure that same conundrum wouldn’t be possible this season by adding a wealth of talent to the squad. The Saints, on paper, look as if they’re a lot stronger now and have a great chance of becoming the Premier League force they once were.

They could have been smarter with their departures however though as they should have sold Sam Gallagher after recruiting Danny Ings.

The striker who is valued at £2.7 million on Transfermarkt was out on-loan with Championship side Birmingham last season and scored six goals during his 33 appearances for Garry Monk’s side. The 22-year-old has shown previous potential of being a good forward but with Austin, Gabbiadini, Long and now Ings all to contend with for a space in the first team, Gallagher should have really looked for a move away from St Mary’s Stadium this summer.

He is a big, physical forward that is perfect for a Championship side, hence why Southampton should sell and also why Gallagher himself should realise that his time on the South Coast is coming to an end.

Mark Hughes has made progress in the transfer market so why should he hold his team back by continuing to employ the Englishman? All of his rivals have established themselves in the Premier League and with Gallagher hardly a regular goal-scorer in the Championship, there is nothing to suggest he could get into the first-team again.

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