Amid a season where Southampton have not always found it easy finding the back of the net at St. Mary’s, Ralph Hasenhuttl could look to bolster his attack in the summer.
And in an interview with Kicker (via Sport Witness), it was put to him that Andre Schurrle, who is likely to be on the market following Fulham’s relegation, might possibly be a good option to help out with the above.
“I don’t comment on names. We keep an eye on the market,” the Austrian swiftly responded.
Still, how do Schurrle and Southampton’s current crop of attackers compare ahead of an important transfer window for the south coast club?
Despite looking like a coup when he first arrived at Craven Cottage on loan from Borussia Dortmund and showing a lot of initial promise, Schurrle has underwhelmed in a white shirt this season.
Too often, the 28-year-old, who is valued at £13.5 million (by Transfermarkt), has found himself on the periphery of games or sidelined due to injury and illness.
That being said, Schurrle is still a quality player with Fulham perhaps just not being the right fit for him.
At Southampton, under Hasenhuttl, things could be a different story.
With his pace on the break and ability to finish off counter-attacks, the Germany international looks ideal for a coach like the former RB Leipzig boss.
What probably makes Schurrle such an attractive proposition, though, is his versatility. Capable of playing on either flank and as a No.9, the Germany international looks like a good solution for a manager who has a lot of problems when it comes to his attack.
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Up front, neither Charlie Austin nor Shane Long have been on song, while Danny Ings continues to struggle for fitness.
Elsewhere, despite getting back to his best, Nathan Redmond’s record in front of goal will also be a cause for concern.
Finally, Mohamed Elyounoussi, who arrived last summer with big things being expected from him, has been a huge disappointment.
Considering all of that, be it Schurrle or someone else, Southampton need reinforcements in the above areas.
Things have certainly improved since Hasenhuttl succeeded Mark Hughes in the St. Mary’s dugout, but you cannot help but feel the Saints need more firepower going forward.
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Out wide and up front, Southampton could do with the arrivals of some fresh faces.
And while you would expect Hasenhuttl to address each of those areas separately, signing Schurrle could give the 51-year-old a solution to both.
A versatile attacker with more goalscoring potential than most of Southampton’s other forward players, the Dortmund loanee looks perfect for the Saints.
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