Three Strikers Southampton should target in January following Charlie Austin’s loss

Southampton have done a fantastic job of maintaining their Premier League status year after year since their return to the top division.

Even more impressively, they’ve managed it despite the loss of key players to the bigger sides in the league, such as Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Victor Wanyama, Morgan Schneilderlin and Luke Shaw.

This term, the latest high-profile departure was not a player but their former boss Ronald Koeman, who left St. Mary’s for┬áthe blue half of Merseyside. His replacement, Claude Puel, has settled quiet well into life on the south coast.

But with the festive fixtures heating up, the last thing any club wants is losing players to injury. Charlie Austin has been key since his switch from QPR last term – scoring nine goals in 13 games so far this season – but suffering a shoulder injury that has ruled┬áhim out for four months is a huge blow to Puel’s side.

That loss will surely spark the search for credible replacements when the January transfer window opens, as Jay Rodriguez has proven to be far from reliable due to his own fitness issues.

We take a look at realistic additions that the Saints should consider.