Southampton fans here in the Tavern feel like this could be their last season in the Premier League, as recent results haven’t offered up any hope for the Saints.
The decision to appoint Mauricio Pellegrino in the summer months could come back to bite the Saints, after enduring one of the most horrific campaigns in their Premier League history. Indeed, the Argentine’s decision-making has dragged Southampton down to the depths of despair, as anymore slip-ups could be costly from here on in.
Although, the club’s current position can also be pinned on the lack of quality that’s been shown in performances thus far, as opposing teams are finding it easy to get past a rather nervy Southampton defence. And, with a lack of goals being produced at the point of the attack for the Saints, it’s always going to be an uphill task to avoid relegation without seeing major improvements.
Therefore, with players still underperforming on the south coast as time counts down, here’s TWO players that really need to improve on the run in until the end of the season if they’re to avoid the drop…
Guido Carrillo became Southampton’s club-record signing in the January transfer window, after joining from French side AS Monaco for £19 million.
However, he’s still waiting for his first goal since making the move to the south coast, with his seven appearances for the Saints offering up very little reward for the hefty price the club paid.
Therefore, with Southampton currently one point off the drop, Mauricio Pellegrino’s side could be condemned to relegation if the 26-year-old fails to find his feet.
The Englishman has been one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League during his time on the south coast, but the same can’t be said about his current campaign. Indeed, the 24-year-old is still yet to score for the Saints so far this season, with his goal drought continuing to have a negative effect on Southampton’s performances.
Indeed, their last game against fellow relegation contenders Stoke City was no exception, after putting in a performance that had many of our local residents calling for Nathan Redmond to be dropped from the side.
Therefore, with the business end of the Saints’ campaign beginning at the weekend in a season-defining match against Newcastle United, Redmond better start finding his goalscoring form before it’s too late.