Despite an upturn in fortunes against Aston Villa on Saturday, Southampton’s season hasn’t been going well.
The Saints are struggling to keep hold of their place in the English top-flight and currently sit just a place above the relegation zone.
Maybe all of that could change come the January transfer window if they manage to snatch a quality reinforcement or two, but there are still players in their squad that they should be looking to get rid off.
With that in mind, here are two players that Ralph Hasenhuttl should axe in the new year…
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The clock seems to already be ticking for the 31-year-old centre-back. After all, his contract is due to run out in the summer of 2020 and Yoshida is one of the fringe players scarcely used by Hasenhuttl.
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The Japanese defender can only boast with 678 minutes in the ongoing campaign and with the likes of Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard and Jack Stephens ahead in the pecking order, separation in January might be both inevitable and desirable.
He has been a good servant to the Saints over the years but the club may as well try to get a few pennies for the centre-back while they still can.
One of Southampton’s most expensive purchases ever back in 2016, Boufal has largely failed to meet the expectations that come with such transfer fees.
Even though glimpses of potential have been here and there throughout his stay with the Saints, four goals and five assists in 73 games is not enough of an impact for an attacking player.
Hasenhuttl should waste no time in trying to recoup some of the money that was invested all those years ago and reinvest it back into the squad.
Seeing how he’s only tallied 641 minutes in the ongoing campaign, providing two assists in return, that particular course of action wouldn’t really come as a surprise or seriously impact the strength of the first-team squad.