Three marquee signings Southampton must reward Mark Hughes with this summer
Southampton preserved their Premier League status for another year despite their last-gasp 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League season at St Mary’s on Sunday.
Following their crucial 1-0 win against fellow strugglers Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium last week, the south coast outfit knew that even if they lost against the champions and the Welsh club beat already-relegated Stoke City at home, there would also have to be a 10-goal swing to see go down.
Carlos Carvalhal’s men’s 2-1 loss against the Potters meant that a narrow reverse for Mark Hughes’ men didn’t matter in the end, but the Saints board certainly have the 54-year-old to thank for turning their fortunes around in recent weeks.
The Welshman was handed eight top flight matches to turn things around for Southampton, who were well on their way to relegation under previous boss Mauricio Pellegrino.
He got them organised and gave the players a real belief and fight to stay up, and seven points from nine available coming into the clash against Pep Guardiola’s men proved to be enough.
Now talks can begin to see if he will remain at St Mary’s with his short-term contract expiring, and as well as making sure he gets a new deal, chairman Ralph Krueger and vice-chairman Les Reed must deliver three marquee signings for Hughes this summer to ensure they don’t find themselves in a similar position next year.
Without further ado, here are the three players in question…