Russia striker Artem Dzyuba scored a penalty for Russia during normal time of their last 16 win against Spain at the 2018 World Cup on Sunday, and he looks to be the man that Southampton need to sign this summer.
The Zenit Saint Petersburg centre-forward, rated at £6.3, by Transfermarkt, started the tournament on the substitutes’ bench, but an impressive cameo from there in the 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia means that he has become something of a regular in the XI since then, and he has cause plenty of problems with his physical 6ft 5in frame.
Meanwhile, Saints boss Mark Hughes, who some fans believe is about to offload a £10.8m man, looks likely to be in the market for a new striker this summer in order to help a side that netted just 37 times in their 38 Premier League matches last term, and he may well be a replacement for club-record buy Guido Carrillo.
The south coast outfit only brought the Argentine to St Mary’s in January, but he failed to make most of the matchday squads under Hughes during the 2017/18 run-in, and he has been left out of their pre-season tour to China.
The Welsh manager may well have been impressed with Dzyuba’s latest performance, where he scored once from two shots at goal, won a remarkable 13 aerial duels and also showed his defensive work by completing one tackle.
Southampton have certainly suffered without a physical striker since Graziano Pelle left for China in 2016, and replacing him with the Zenit star two years later would prove to be an inspired decision.