Southampton fans in the Transfer Tavern are glad the season is finally over after their side secured Premier League safety on the final day of the season.
Mark Hughes replaced Mauricio Pellegrino and guided the Saints to safety. The Welshman is expected to extend his current deal after being described as the “perfect fit” for Southampton by chairman Ralph Krueger. Our punters are hopeful they will not be in a relegation fight again next season.
If the Saints are to challenge for the European places again, they must add goals to the side. Charlie Austin and Manolo Gabbiadini have failed to find the net consistently resulting in the Saints falling into the relegation zone at various points throughout the season. Record signing Guido Carillo is yet to score the club – a new number nine must be Hughes’ priority.
The Saints would face competition for his signature but should attempt to lure Nice forward Alassane Plea to St. Marys. The Frenchman has been in fine form this season, netting 21 goals in all competitions which has seen his market value increase to £13.5m according to Transfermarkt. Now, the forward could be set to leave after announcing the club will listen to offers.
The 25-year-old can play through the middle or on the wing and excels with the ball at his feet. With plenty of pace, he would be a menace for Premier League defences.
If Southampton are to qualify for Europe, they must sign Plea.
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