Ralph Hassenhuttl has become the next manager of Southampton following Mark Hughes’ dismissal.
The Welshman was given the sack earlier this week after the 2-2 draw with Manchester United after just eight months in charge of the club. The result against the Red Devils left Southampton in the bottom three of the Premier League, and performances showed no signs of improvement. With just three wins in 22 games, Hughes’ dismissal seemed inevitable.
The Austrian tactician has been out of work since leaving the Bundesliga side in May after failing to agree on a contract extension. The 51-year-old led Leipzig to second place in the table during his first season and should look to raid his former club during the January transfer window.
One man he should attempt to lure to England is Leipzig forward – Yussuf Poulsen. Valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, Poulsen joined the club back in 2013 when they were in the third division of German football and went on to become the club’s record appearance holder. The 24-year-old has made a blistering start to the new season, scoring nine goals as well as registering five assists for his team-mates in all competition.
The Southampton attack is in desperate need of an athletic presence – Poulsen would be the perfect addition to the squad. Combining pace and power, the Danish international can lead the line well, holding the ball up to bring his team-mates into the game. Poulsen has worked brilliantly alongside Timo Werner in the Leipzig attack and could strike up a similar partnership with Danny Ings at St. Marys.
Adding Poulsen to the attack could be the catalyst for a revival in the New Year.
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