According to The Sun, Southampton are competing with Everton to signing striker Jean-Kevin Augustin from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.
The France under-21 international is struggling for game time this season behind Timo Werner, and has therefore attracted a lot of attention from Premier League clubs.
With that in mind, here are the pros and cons of The Saints signing the Frenchman:
Cover for injury-prone strikers
Southampton already have three strikers at St Mary’s currently; Danny Ings, Charlie Austin and Shane Long. While there is no criticism of each player’s ability, there are question marks over their ability to remain injury-free.
Adding Augustin will just add that bit more depth in a season that will be vital in having as many fit players as possible for The Saints as they try and stave off relegation.
At only 21 years of age, and already with a fair amount of experience, Augustin could be one who stays with Southampton for many years to come. On the other hand, while the article says that Leipzig have put a £38m valuation on his head, this could also be an investment that sees Southampton earn more money in years to come should they sell the pacy striker.
Not addressing the right areas
While there is nothing to say that Southampton cannot sign more players this January, a large portion of their transfer budget would surely be spent on Augustin. This means that they will find it harder to address other areas of the field where they may be weaker, namely their defence. Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl will surely know what he is doing, however.
While it has already been mentioned that The Saints do have some injury-prone players, that does not mean that they are bad. When all are fit, inevitably one or two will miss out on game time, though. This may not be what someone that Ings wants, who moved to the south coast in the summer in search of regular playing time. Manolo Gabbiadini was already sold this month because of this problem, and it may happen again.
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