Southampton must make January move for Club Brugge attacker Hans Vanaken

Club Brugge star Hans Vanaken continued his impressive start to the season with a brace in his side’s 4-0 Champions League win against Monaco on Tuesday night, and Premier League strugglers Southampton should take a punt on the 26-year-old in January.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Saints manager Mark Hughes is in serious danger of losing his job following a disastrous start to the club’s top-flight campaign, with reports suggesting that he will be sacked if his side fail to beat Watford at St Mary’s on Saturday.

For the third season running, one of their main issues is a lack of goals – they have netted just seven times in their 11 league games to date – and they avoided going six matches without a goal when Danny Ings scored from the spot in their 6-1 thrashing by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Ings, Ryan Bertrand and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are the only players to have struck in the Premier League for the south coast outfit, and it seems obvious that another attacker is needed with Charlie Austin, Manolo Gabbiadini, Shane Long and Nathan Redmond all struggling.

Why is Vanaken a good option?

While he hasn’t primarily played as a striker for Brugge, his 6ft 5in frame means he has all of the attributes to do so.

The fact that he often plays as a central or attacking midfielder, or even on the left, makes his goalscoring record of eight in 20 appearances in all competitions this term even more impressive, while he has also contributed 10 assists.

Vanaken’s versatility means he is a mix between former Saints Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic, and it should be a no-brainer to move for him in the New Year as it would give the south coast outfit the presence and ability to win balls in the air that they often lack in the final third.

However. it could take a sizeable fee to land the one-cap Belgium international given his contract with Club Brugge runs until 2023.

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