So far this season, it’s safe to say it hasn’t exactly been raining goals for Southampton in the Premier League with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side managing to rack up just five in seven games.
This says to us that the Saints are feeling the effect of selling Danny Ings to Aston Villa during the recent summer transfer window after the striker managed to score 46 goals in 100 appearances for the club.
Despite the Saints acquiring Adam Armstrong from Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £15.93m during the previous summer transfer window, it seems as though the club already have their eyes on signing another attacking option in the near future.
It has recently been reported by Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato, that Southampton are interested in signing Celtic attacker Kyogo Furuhashi.
Since joining the Scottish side back in the previous summer transfer window from Japanese club Vissel Kobe for a fee of £4.6m, Furuhashi, who has been described as “first-class” by Celtic captain Callum McGregor, has managed to score eight goals in 11 appearances across all competitions for Ange Postecoglou’s side.
Taking this into account, it’s easy to see why a club like Southampton, who haven’t scored that many goals so far this season are apparently looking at bringing in a player like Furuhashi who seems to be flourishing in Scotland at the moment.
A recent review from John Hartson also paints a promising picture of his capabilities: “There is no doubt Celtic have landed someone quite special in Kyogo. His movement is outstanding,” the Welshman siad.
“It was a pity he couldn’t get more involved against Rangers, but when he moved into the central role, he was an absolute menace to their defence.”
In our view, if Southampton see an opportunity to sign Furuhashi either in the upcoming January transfer window or the next summer window, then they should definitely give it a go.
However, with Furuhashi having only recently joined Celtic and doing so well there, it seems unlikely that the Hoops would be interested in letting the player go before his current contract runs out in 2025, which could make it quite difficult for Southampton to sign him.
Either way, if the Saints continue their league campaign without a win or a decent number of goals under their belt, they will have to try and sign someone in January that can freshen up their attack and score goals on a consistent basis, or else they could well find themselves in a relegation battle throughout the second half of the season.