Ralph Hasenhuttl has suggested Southampton must spend more money if they want to progress in the Premier League.
Hasenhuttl wants more spending
Hasenhuttl was speaking prior to his side’s match with Everton on Monday night.
Discussing what the Saints need to do to grow into a top-10 side amongst the elite, the Austrian admitted the club needs to invest more into the squad. He said (via The Daily Mail):
“It is not the time to dream, it is about the time to see the realities.
“I really like to develop young players, to push them to become (at) one time Premier League players, but it is not so easy. A Premier League player has something special and you cannot make from every young player a Premier League player, this is not possible.
“This is what we have seen now and definitely we have to find the right changes for the future.
“Because otherwise we will always end up in a situation that we have two or three good months to step up, and then this is enough for staying in the league, or for being in a comfortable position, (but) then end up being between (place) 10 or 20.
“This is not what we want here. We want to be more successful and this is only possible if you have a bigger squad and better players in the width (depth) of the squad.
“This is the goal for the future I think, otherwise you will never make a step forward.”
Southampton did spend £36.27m during the summer window, while they parted with at least £50m in both seasons before this one (Transfermarkt). However, they have spent £20m on a player just once in three campaigns – something which is becoming rarer and rare in the Premier League.
Do you agree with Hasenhuttl?
The south-coast outfit have been hampered by injuries this term, and the lack of depth in Southampton’s squad has been clear for all to see. Hasenhuttl is right – the Saints need more quality across the board, and the only way to really do that is bring in new signings.
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