Three reasons Mark Hughes must make Christopher Jullien his first Southampton signing
New Southampton manager Mark Hughes got off to the perfect start in his first match in charge of the club, as they recorded a 2-0 victory against League One high-flyers Wigan Athletic in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at the DW Stadium on Sunday to set up a Wembley semi-final against Chelsea.
The Welshman replaced Mauricio Pellegrino last week on a deal until the end of the season after a run of just one win in 17 Premier League matches left the south coast in the relegation zone and in serious danger of losing their top flight status.
The 54-year-old has been tasked with stopping Saints from dropping down into the Championship in their remaining eight league fixtures this term – starting against fellow strugglers West Ham United at the London Stadium on March 31 – and he if does that it will boost his chances of getting the job on a permanent basis.
Hughes will already be thinking about the players he could bring to St Mary’s this summer if he does stay on – with Stoke City’s Joe Allen a reported target – and he may feel that centre-back is a priority area given the departure of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool during the January transfer window and with the team often looking shaky at the back.
Toulouse defender Christopher Jullien was reportedly a target for the south coast outfit in 2017, and continues to impress with his performances for the Ligue 1 outfit.
Here are three reasons Hughes must make the 24-year-old his first Southampton signing if he helps the club survive and subsequently extends his stay at St Mary’s…