With 12 Premier League games played so far this season, Southampton have only managed to score 11 goals in those games, leaving only Norwich City having scored fewer with seven, which suggests that Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have not been in the best-attacking form.
One former Southampton player that proved himself to be a useful attacking outlet for the team was Adam Lallana, who managed to score a total of 60 goals and provide 48 assists in 265 games before leaving for Liverpool in the summer of 2014.
With recent reports linking Manchester United attacking-midfielder Jesse Lingard with a move to St. Mary’s during the upcoming January transfer window, this could provide Southampton with a fantastic opportunity to sign an almost like-for-like replacement for Lallana as an attack-minded midfield option that can create and score goals.
During his loan spell with West Ham United last season, the 28-year-old, who is currently valued at £19.8m according to Transfermarkt, managed to score nine goals and provide five assists in just 16 games for the Hammers, helping them secure a place in the Europa League. That shows how much of an attacking impact he can have on a team given the chance to play regularly, which he hasn’t been this season.
With this in mind, it would be a great signing for Southampton if they were able to bring Lingard, who has a total of 29 goals and 17 assists in the Premier League under his belt, to St. Mary’s in January and he manages to have a similar impact there as he did at West Ham.
Given Southampton’s lack of goals this term, it appears as though they could do with adding a fresh attacking option, such as Lingard, who has been described as “immense” by England manager Gareth Southgate, to their side so they don’t end up getting dragged into a potential relegation battle if they aren’t able to win enough games. In the process, they might just find their next Lallana too.