Southampton went down without a fight during the 6-1 defeat against Manchester City at the weekend.
Some awful defending allowed Pep Guardiola’s men to take a three-goal lead after just 18 minutes before Danny Ings clawed one back from the penalty spot. After the goal, City were on fire again with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane getting on the scoresheet to complete the rout. The Saints were simply no match for the league leaders anywhere on the field.
Playing against a side of City’s quality was always going to be difficult but Mark Hughes will definitely disappointed with the manner of the defeat. Chances were few and far between, and a comeback never seemed to be on the cards. City ripped through their defence with ease; it’s clear the squad needs strengthening if the Saints are to end their slump.
One man Hughes should be targeting is Tottenham dynamo – Victor Wanyama. Valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, the Kenyan is no stranger to St. Marys having spent three years at the club between 2013 and 2016. Southampton paid £12.5m to prise him from Celtic before Tottenham secured his signature for just £11m.
Despite becoming a key player for the side, Wanyama has slipped down the pecking order following a succession of injuries in north London. Reports suggest that West Ham are lining up a move for the defensive midfielder, but Southampton should aim to beat them to his signature. Wanyama enjoyed arguably the finest spell of his career at the club and would offer the Saints defence some much-needed protection. Averaging an incredible 3.1 tackles and 2.7 interceptions during his final season at the club, Hughes would love to have a player of his quality in the engine room (WhoScored).
At 27-years-old, Wanyama is approaching the prime of his career and Southampton should be the ones to benefit.
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