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Southampton should look towards Gomez to lead their line

Southampton should look towards Gomez to lead their line

There is still work to be done for Southampton in this transfer window despite having already made multiple signings.

Manager Mark Hughes has added Jannik Vestergaard, Angus Gunn, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong to his squad, but the former Stoke City boss will not be satisfied with the business done until a new striker has been brought in.

With a loan move away from St.Mary’s for Guido Carrillo sanctioned last month, Southampton have been left with the misfiring Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long and the injury prone Charlie Austin as the squad’s only senior centre-forward options.

With that in mind, Southampton should explore the possibility of signing Vfb Stuttgart’s Mario Gomez ahead of next Thursday’s deadline.

Gomez, who is valued at £5.4m by Transfermarkt, is 33 years of age so would only be a short-term fix for Southampton.

But the Saints are in dire need of goals, and Gomez is the man who can provide them with some.

Gomez struggled during the first half of last season at previous club Vfl Wolfsburg before moving to Stuttgart in January where he was then able to score eight goals in 16 Bundesliga appearances.

And while his Wolfsburg career ended in disappointing fashion, Gomez initially hit the ground running at the Volkswagen Arena, hitting the back of the net on 16 occasions in his first of two campaigns with the 2008/09 German champions.

As well as being a prolific goalscorer, Gomez’s overall contribution to his team is impressive.

The former Bayern Munich man’s hold-up play is brilliant while his aerial ability and physicality makes him perfectly suited to the Premier League.

Even at 33, Gomez would still be a shrewd acquisition for Southampton.

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