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Southampton could be gearing up for their biggest summer in years

Southampton could be gearing up for their biggest summer in years

Southampton have been one of the Premier Leagues under-achievers yet again this season.

Currently sitting 17th only two points above the relegation zone, Ralph Hasenhüttl must learn from previous managers mistakes and look to buy in the summer. For a while now, the Saints have been in desperate need for a major overhaul and, pending Premier League survival, the Austrian manager is surely the best man to trust with one of the most important summers in the club’s history.

So, with all that in mind, here’s a look at some possibilities.

Kevin Malcuit 

The 27-year-old right back could end up being the perfect replacement for Cedric, who left St. Mary’s for a move to Serie A. After Southampton were made to bring up some youth from their academy to fill the space they have looked shaky at the back which has led to them being in the position that they are in.

The French defender has been an on-off feature for Napoli this season, however when picked he is playing for the full 90 minutes.

With the lack of consecutive games, this could be the perfect opportunity for the Saints to swoop in and buy the experienced defender, in a bid to shore up their defence for next season.

Ollie Watkins 

Ollie Watkins has been one of Brentford’s key men this season in the Championship, chipping in with 9 goals and 7 assists in 28 appearances. Looking down at the wingers in the Southampton ranks none have compared to Watkins, which is a good indicator to the manager that they should try and pursue the 23-year-old in the summer.

If the Saints were to welcome Watkins into the side during the window, it could have a knock-on effect and really hit players like Nathan Redmond and Mohamed Elyounoussi to begin performing back to their best, which the manager and fans alike can only dream of having.

If Ralph Hasenhüttl can manage to bring in some of these new faces and sure up some areas in the field, there this is no doubt that Southampton can back to where they used to be and challenge in the top half of the table again.

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