Southampton were linked with a move for Werder Bremen forward Milot Rashica in the summer and given their current injury problems, the versatile Kosovan would’ve been an excellent man to have in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad.
It was suggested ahead of the summer transfer window that the Saints were interested in signing the 24-year-old, alongside Liverpool and RB Leizpig.
However, he ended up staying with the Bundesliga side after helping them stave off relegation to the Bundesliga 2.
Considering Southampton’s current injury concerns, that see the likes of Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond ruled out, it seems as if the club made a big mistake by not bringing him to the South Coast club.
Saturday’s game against Leicester City saw Hasenhuttl deploy 21-year-old central-midfielder Will Smallbone as a left-midfielder, highlighting the lack of squad depth at the South Coast club at this moment in time.
Hasenhuttl’s side have struggled for goals in recent matches too, with just one goal scored in their past five Premier League games, which emphasises that they are low on attacking quality at times, especially when Danny Ings has been missing.
Therefore, signing someone such as Rashica, who contributed eight goals and five assists in 28 Bundesliga appearances last season, would’ve been smart business from Southampton.
Whilst he has been injured for much of this season, the fact he averaged 2.6 shots per game last season in the German top-flight emphasises that he could’ve added a goal threat in this Southampton team, as that is more than any Saints player has averaged so far this campaign.
A report from Bild suggested that Bremen were hoping to receive just €20 million (£18 million) for the 24-year-old during the summer, suggesting that it would have been a fairly affordable transfer for Southampton to complete.
Bremen manager Florian Kohfeldt was full of praise for the Kosovan last season, saying:
“Milot’s taken a massive leap in the last year or so. He’s got more confidence in himself and makes scoring look so easy.”
Therefore, it seems clear that Rashica would have been an excellent addition in Hasenhuttl’s squad, and would have been very useful to have in the current injury crisis, considering he can play on the wing and up front, so they should massively regret not signing him.