In Focus: Pinning all hopes on Carrillo would be risky from Southampton

Southampton have tabled a £17.5m bid for Monaco striker Guido Carrillo, according to The Sun.

What’s the story?

The Saints are in desperate need of a boost this month given their recent Premier League form.

Mauricio Pellegrino is under a lot of pressure from fans, with many urging the club to sack the manager.

The team have not won a top-flight game since the end of November when they thumped Everton 4-1 at Goodison Park.

Since then, Southampton have lost five and drawn four, which has left them one spot above the relegation zone on goal difference.

Now, The Sun reports that Pellegrino is trying to turn things around by bringing in striker Carrillo.

It is believed that an offer has been made and the Saints are now waiting to hear from Monaco regarding possible next steps in getting a deal done.

Is Carrillo the answer?

There is no secret that Southampton are in need of some firepower given that the manager’s current options are misfiring.

Shane Long and Manolo Gabbiadini have netted just four goals between them, while Charlie Austin has been struggling with injuries.

Carrillo has been at Monaco since 2015, but the attacker has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the team having started just 22 Ligue 1 games in that time.

In 65 appearances for the French club, the 26-year-old has found the back of the net 15 times.

This season, the forward has had 15 league outings and only two of those were from the starting spot.

In that time, the Argentine has scored four goals, which indicates that he could do a job at Southampton, but the chances of being prolific seem slim.

On top of that, Carrillo has not had any Premier League experience, so it would be a big ask for him to hit the ground running.