Southampton have been completely redefined under the guidance of Ralph Hasenhuttl as they continue to defy expectations at St Mary’s.
The Saints are currently out of the relegation zone after an inspired run of form, but this is only the start as there’s still a long way to go in the current Premier League campaign.
Although, with a long, tiring season ahead, perhaps supporters will be feeling a little anxious that the Austrian hasn’t managed to add to his squad up until this point in the January transfer window. Indeed with improvements and cover required at the heart of the defence after Wesley Hoedt’s departure, he really should have built his side by now.
Nevertheless, this is the Southampton XI Hasenhuttl should have built, with injuries being put to one side.
THE SOUTHAMPTON XI HASEHUTTL SHOULD HAVE BUILT
Alex McCarthy has been a breath of fresh air for the Saints this season as he continues to pull off some magnificent stops to keep the opposition at bay.
Interestingly, Hasenhuttl was reportedly interested (as per the Daily Mirror, December 11th, page 53) (via HITC) in bringing in RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano. Indeed, the Southampton boss could have kicked things off with a bang by bringing in the impressive central defender, who has all the ingredients to become a future star. But, things have gone extremely quiet up until this point in the January transfer window, so a move may not be on the cards.
Yan Valery and Jannik Vestergaard have been two of the standout performers in the defensive third for Southampton this season. Meanwhile Jack Stephens has come on leaps and bounds at St Mary’s, with Ryan Bertrand always looking impressive, despite spending time out on the sidelines due to injury.
Oriol Romeu has been one of the shining lights under Hasenhuttl since he took charge at the club, with his intercepting and hard tackling ability working wonders. Also, the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojberg and James Ward-Prowse have developed massively this season, with valuable contributions coming from both of them.
Lastly, Nathan Redmond is enjoying one of his best seasons at St Mary’s in terms of his performances, as he poses a constant threat in his newly-found role in behind the striker, with five goals and four assists to his name. Danny Ings has been excellent at leading the line for the Saints in the current campaign after making the switch from Liverpool, as the club’s top scorer with eight goals under his belt.
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