After a thrilling run of form through March and into April, Southampton looked set to soar away from the drop zone with plenty of breathing room in their final games, although their stellar string of results wouldn’t last – the Saints would take just three points from their last five matches in what was an ending as disappointing as their start to the season.
It’s clear that Ralph Hasenhuttl needs to get the right signings in to prevent a slow start next term but Oriol Romeu thinks it’s down to them as a team to do so, although he points the finger in a strange direction.
Well, in comments taken from The Daily Echo, the big Spaniard stressed the importance of curtailing the number of points they drop from winning positions and hinted at how he thinks the south coast outfit can improve in that aspect:
“We didn’t get enough points in our last few games and we weren’t creating enough chances either. That is something that, as a whole team, we are going to have to improve.
“I’m not the one to say we need players here and there, as we need to improve a lot as a team. We have improved a lot defensively over the last few months and I think we are a lot stronger now.
“It’s harder to beat us now and it’s harder for us to concede goals but we are probably not making enough chances to score. We need to better with that.”
The 27-year-old might say that he’s ‘not the one to say’ if Southampton need to sign specific types of players, but he does suggest that the Saints need to be creating more chances, which is interesting considering that his side could have been out of sight in the first half against Huddersfield if their finishing was better.
Shane Long is the only Southampton striker to have scored in 2019 and the Irishman is the epitome of unreliable – he hadn’t netted prior to his goal against Leicester in January.
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Perhaps the focus should be on putting the opportunities away rather than creating them, because as Hasenhuttl said after Saints’ final-day disappointment, they “had the chances to kill the game” before an individual mistake gifted the Terriers an equaliser.
With James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond in the side, the St Mary’s Stadium outfit are always going to carve out openings, but it’s all on Danny Ings, Charlie Austin or Long to finish them.