There are just couple of hours of the winter transfer window left and Southampton are still yet to bring anyone in.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have struggled with injuries in recent weeks, with key players such as Jannik Vestergaard and Oriol Romeu having been sidelined, which has led to a downturn in form for the Saints.
Although the likes of Romeu, Nathan Redmond and Moussa Djenepo recently returned to fitness, a lack of squad depth looks to be a real problem at the South Coast club, which has been exposed in their defeats against Arsenal and Aston Villa.
Hasenhuttl’s side are looking particularly threadbare at full-back, with no senior left-backs available other than Ryan Bertrand, whilst the Austrian has just Yan Valery available as back-up to Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back.
In the former Tottenham Hotspur man’s absence against Villa, Hasenhuttl selected James Ward-Prowse and Djenepo ahead of Valery at right-back, which emphasises that the Frenchman is out of favour, and that the Austrian is clearly desperate for some defensive reinforcements.
However, BBC Radio Solent journalist Adam Blackmore has claimed on Twitter that Southampton are “working on” bringing someone in before the 11 pm deadline, suggesting that the South Coast club are still hopeful of signings, despite failed attempts to bring in Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Japhet Tanganga.
Certainly, if reinforcements aren’t brought in, it looks as if Southampton will continue to fall away from the top six positions, with their impressive early-season form undone by poor results over the past two months, with injuries having taken their toll on Hasenhuttl’s squad.
Hopefully, for Saints fans, Blackmore’s update is accurate, and Martin Semmens will be able to deliver some new signings before this evening’s deadline.