Southampton fans have taken to Twitter to react after it was reported by The Mirror (print version, November 12, page 53) that Ralph Hasenhuttl has prioritised signing a ‘top quality’ centre-back and a new right-back in the January transfer window.
Given all of the Saints’ problems right now, the backline is perhaps the best place for the former RB Leipzig boss to focus his attention on.
Southampton have conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season with 29 in 12 games, and Hasenhuttl has used a staggering ten different defensive variations in those 12 matches – the Austrian simply must find a settled backline soon.
To make matters worse, Cedric Soares – one of two Southampton right-backs – recently gave an interview revealing his intentions to leave St Mary’s at the end of the current campaign. If there wasn’t already a pressing need for a new right-back, then there most certainly is now.
Let’s take a look at how the Southampton fans on Twitter reacted to The Mirror’s report…
Hasenhuttl will reportedly receive the backing of the board to make up to three new signings in January, with a”top-quality” centre-back and a right-back Hasenhuttl’s main priority as the board aim to shore-up our extremely poor defence. #SaintsFC
Please be true 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ItqH21EmJ2
— Saints1885.com (@Saints1885_com) November 14, 2019
Encouraging but probably a window too late
— Murray Smith (@LingwoodMurray) November 14, 2019
We will see. Could be more broken promises. A top CB in Jan will probably cost over 25m and I can’t see that happening
— Tom Forder (@tomforder69) November 14, 2019
Well, let’s hope so and they help saints stay in the premiership. It could be an interesting 2nd half to our season IF we get who we want and start winning games with a win away at arsenal and 2 home wins after that.
— kiron baruah (@kironbaruah1) November 14, 2019
It might be true. It might also be too late.
— Paul Hart (@Hart0071Paul) November 14, 2019
Absolutely no chance whatsoever.
— Nick Perry (@thebadger1973) November 14, 2019