Having achieved Premier League safety, the job now for Ralph Hasenhuttl is to build Southampton back up to the top-ten side they used to be. That would be nice, wouldn’t it? Just something to sing about again would be lovely.
No one needs telling that the Saints have really lost their way in the last two seasons or so – the chopping of changing of managers and players has finally caught up with them. Though in Hasenhuttl, they look to have a very astute manager who could genuinely make a real difference, not only to the way they play but their league position most importantly as well.
If backed in the right way this summer, the Austrian is who the fans believe will make a telling difference for the future of Southampton Football Club.
And with rumours already circulating (as per Own Goal Nigeria earlier this week), it is now about signing the right players and recruiting well, something they haven’t done in recent years.
Although yet again it would be a risk, the capture of forward Victor Osimhen would be fantastic business for the Saints. Osimhen, (who is valued at £6.7 million on Transfermarkt) is the latest name linked with a move to St Mary’s and Southampton fans shouldn’t hide the fact that before he has mentioned, little would have known who he was.
Those mystery signings often go one of two ways, but under Ralph Hasenhuttl, there is nothing to suggest that Victor Osimhen wouldn’t be a success. Yes, it’s a step up of epic proportions but the infamous black box for transfers used to throw these sort of gems all the time, so there’s precedent here.
Indeed, whilst on-loan with Belgium top tier RSC Charleroi, the 20-year-old Nigerian international has struck an impressive 16 goals in 32 games. In a high-pressing, attacking and vibrant team, he could certainly look a real prospect and perhaps even replace some of the lethal counter-attacking threat lost when Sadio Mane departed in 2016.
Now, we aren’t comparing the two in terms of ability but, in terms of profile at similar stages of their career, comparisons can be drawn.
Granted, prices are inflated these days and he would demand a sizeable transfer fee but Osimhen has real potential under Ralph Hasenhuttl, who is no stranger to developing young players.
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