Southampton will be feeling a little more confident about their chances of beating the drop from the Premier League once again this season. Ralph Hasenhuttl has been truly remarkable for the Saints since joining them before the turn of the year.
With just a handful of games left to win, it seems the club are looking ahead in regards to their recruitment plans and it appears they could be about to take an interesting approach.
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According to a report by The Daily Mail, Southampton are thought to be planning to sign British players in the summer.
It is claimed the Saints believe that if they rebuild the core of their side with homegrown talent they will be able to fight against relegation a lot more efficiently as they feel that they will have a better understanding of English football.
Southampton are no strangers to having a number of players from Britain in their side and it appears to have been a strategy that has worked for them over the years.
The likes of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Theo Walcott and James Ward-Prowse have all come through the academy ranks at the club and have all proved during their respective times on the south coast how important they have been.
The likes of Angus Gunn, Nathan Redmond, Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand have all played key roles for the Saints this season and appear to have done enough to keep them in the Premier League this season.
Although the strategy could be one associated with risk, some of the foreign talent they have brought to the St. Mary’s Stadium have not exactly excelled in the side.
Mohamed Elyounoussi has played a handful of games and has looked out of sorts, whilst Hasenhuttl clearly does not appear to have had time for the likes of Wesley Hoedt, Manolo Gabbiadini and Cedric Soares since joining the club in December.
Southampton fans, what do you make of the alleged recruitment plans this summer? Do you think it will have the desired effect next season? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.