The Southampton fans in the Transfer Tavern are beginning to feel apprehensive about their side’s chances of remaining in the Premier League this season.
The Saints appear to have regressed this season under the leadership of Mauricio Pellegrino who took over from Claude Puel last summer. The Argentine has failed to get the best out of a squad which appears to be a strong mid-table side on paper and Southampton’s poor form has left them just 2 points clear of the relegation zone.
Southampton suffered a major blow in their bid to avoid relegation this season when they sold their prized possession Virgil Van Dijk to Liverpool in a £75 million deal last month. Pellegrino was widely predicted and expected to reinvest those funds in new talent, but by the end of January, he had only managed to add Guido Carrillo to his squad.
But that is not to say that Southampton weren’t interested in adding players to their ranks, as their pursuit for Spartak Moscow striker Quincy Promes was highly documented in the media. In the aftermath of the transfer window, The Daily Mail reported that The Saints remain interested in bringing the Dutch striker to the club next summer.
Quincy Promes record at Spartak suggests that he has the potential to thrive in the Premier League, however, Southampton should alter their focus and instead attempt to sign a talent who has proven he has the ability to compete in the English top-flight, namely Kelechi Iheanacho (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt).
Iheanacho has been widely tipped for success since he broke onto the scene at Manchester City by scoring a last minute winner against Crystal Palace in 2015. The Nigerian international has since moved on from City and embarked on a new challenge at Leicester City, but he has failed to secure a place in Claude Puel’s first-team amidst competition from Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki.
A player of Iheanacho’s talent should be playing first-team football on a regular basis to fully maximise his potential, but the fact he has started just 3 times in the Premier League all season proves he has struggled to impress Puel since he took charge at The King Power.
If Iheanacho’s situation does not improve by the end of the season, then it’s likely the 21-year-old will seek a move in a bid to acquire first-team football, so Southampton should monitor his situation and prioritise his signature over that of Quincy Promes.