Southampton might have thrashed Arsenal the other week, but the Saints are still having a very ordinary season by their own recent high standards.
There is a sense around the club that the consistent selling off of key players has taken its toll on the squad and that they might be beginning to struggle to tread water in the top flight.
After the hopes of European qualification at the start of the season, Southampton look set for a season nestled in mid-table mediocrity and another summer where some of their best players will be targeted by the bigger clubs in the league.
As Saido Mane could be considering his future and Victor Wanyama impresses in the world’s most publicised league, it looks as though the Saints could be about to suffer another summer of torment.
Naturally, Ronald Koeman has wanted to look back to his native Holland when signing players and we reckon he would be thinking along the right lines to do that again with Anwar El Ghazi.
Here are FIVE reasons why…
After a stunning first season with Southampton, Pelle has struggled to impress in quite the same way during this campaign.
The towering Italian still offers a threat for the Saints, but his limited game has left the side a bit short of ideas when he is isolated up front and without runners going off the shoulder. El Ghazi would hopefully add another dimension to the forward line of Koeman’s XI.
El Ghazi prefers a wide role, but would hopefully add to the goals of the big Italian from the wings.
Compared to their usual free flowing selves, Saints have had comparative dry spells throughout this season and struggled to regularly out score the opposition.
Whereas the forwards were all regularly chipping in last season, it has been quite a different affair this time around and El Ghazi’s impressive goal-to-minute ratio must be tempting Koeman.
Even with the remarkable victory over Arsenal (which many thought would kick their season on) Saints have not found any meaningful form for quite some time now and it is beginning to look like they could slip into a relegation battle.
Whilst Koeman is highly regarded as a manager, 4 points from 8 league games would put any manager under pressure and new signings might be a necessity to make sure Saints have a comfortable second half of the campaign.
Despite his recent heroics against Arsenal, Long’s career goal scoring record leaves a lot to be desired.
For a player who has been fought over heavily in the transfer market over his career, the Irish international’s track record leaves a lot to be desired. As he runs tirelessly, someone needs to be around to pop the ball in the net and that could be El Ghazi.
El Ghazi has 8 goals in just 12 league starts for Ajax so far this season and that is the exact sort of form that could help see the Saints push for the top half once more.
El Ghazi is striking just over a goal every 100 minutes and is one of the most feared players in Holland.