Southampton take on Wolves this weekend and will be hoping to propel themselves further away from the drop zone after an ultimately disappointing loss to Liverpool at St Mary’s Stadium last time out.
The Saints could and should have gone two up against the Reds but Shane Long was unable to connect with the ball after he was presented with a golden opportunity to net his second of the game. The Irishman worked his socks off, as usual, but didn’t have the finishing touch, as usual. Someone who does though is 22-year-old Che Adams: one name on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s list.
Well, the man himself had this to say regarding the upcoming summer transfer window:
“I don’t want to discuss any personality. We were linked with [Adams] in the winter transfer period also.
“We have eyes on a few young players who fit in our shape and philosophy and we are mainly looking for younger players. First, we have to be safe.
“Yes (Adams is on our list of potential targets).”
The Birmingham striker has been in sensational form this campaign, chalking up 22 goals and four assists in 40 league appearances – an output which has surely landed him on a number of clubs’ radars, Southampton included.
With pace to burn and a surprising amount of strength, the bullish forward seems the perfect man to lead the Saints line for the next decade. Like Long, he will run himself into the ground putting defenders under pressure – something Hasenhuttl demands of all his players – and isn’t afraid to get stuck in either. What he does have on the Southampton number 7 though, is a reliable end product when it matters.
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Charlie Austin and Danny Ings cannot be relied upon to remain fit, while Long scores once in a blue moon so, if they want to avoid another relegation battle, the Saints must find a player who can play and find the net all season long – 5 ft 9 speedster Adams is their man.