The Southampton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are becoming increasingly concerned by their club’s lack of goal-scoring potency and creativity in the final third.
Despite desperate calls from supporters who urged the club to strengthen the squad significantly in January, Southampton completed just one signing during the mid-season window as they brought Guido Carrillo to the club from Monaco in a deal worth £19 million. Although the Argentine striker has generally been praised for his performances for the club so far, it seems clear that he will not provide a solution to the clubs goal-scoring crisis. Carrillo has made 7 appearances for Southampton in his short career on the south coast, but he has failed to get off the mark so far.
With that to consider, it seems The Saints will need to invest once again next summer to finally land a goal-scoring striker. Charlie Austin is arguably the club’s most clinical goal-scorer, but his inability to stay fit represents a genuine problem for a player who had been tipped for an England call-up prior to collecting his injury.
It’s clear that Southampton cannot rely on Austin, so they simply have to bring a new striker to the club next summer. One man who should be firmly on the clubs radar is AC Milan’s 22-year-old centre-forward, namely Andre Silva (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt). The Portuguese international earned a transfer to the San Siro last summer after impressing as a youngster at FC Porto where he bagged 24 goals and provided 11 assists from 58 appearances for the club.
Since his arrival in Italy, Silva’s success has been mixed, as he is yet to get off the mark for the club in Serie A despite making 16 appearances, albeit, only 5 of those appearances were made from the outset of proceedings. His struggle to get off the mark in Italy is remarkably peculiar considering his record at Porto and his record with the Portuguese national side in which he boasts a tally of 11 goals from just 18 appearances.
Although he has failed to score in Serie A, Silva has scored 6 goals from 8 appearances in the Europa League, which adds further surprise to his league woes. It seems that something is not quite right for Silva at Milan, so Southampton should attempt to offer him a new environment where he can rebuild his confidence by signing him on loan at the end of the season.
Silva’s past record combined with the fact that he is only 22-years-old suggests that his struggles in Serie A merely represent a minor blip on a tough learning curve for the Milan striker. Whilst he is in this kind of form, Milan should be more open to the prospect of allowing him to leave the club either temporarily or permanently in the summer, so Southampton should take advantage of this and bring him to Saint Mary’s at the end of the season.