Southampton’s poor performance on the final day of the Premier League season cost them around £6m as they dropped to 15th position, which will surely frustrate manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
According to the Daily Mirror, Southampton will be £11m after finishing the season in 15th place following their 3-0 defeat against West Ham at the London Stadium.
Had they won, the Saints would’ve finished 12th above Newcastle United, with Steve Bruce’s once relegation-threatened side finishing the season on 45 points after a strong end to their season, whereas the Saints could only muster 43 points after a shocking second half of the campaign.
The Toon were awarded £17m for finishing 12th, which means that Hasenhuttl’s side missed out on £6m by failing to beat the Hammers on Sunday.
The South Coast side certainly had opportunities to take the lead through Takumi Minamino and Kyle Walker-Peters but failed to take them, before capitulating in the space of a few minutes after Pablo Fornals’ quickfire double.
It has so often been the case this season where Southampton will dominate proceedings but fail to take their chances before being let down by their leaky defence, with Declan Rice’s goal late on an absolute horror show at the back.
Considering the Austrian manager has suggested that Southampton will be in the market for players who will cost less than £10m this summer, the £6m they missed out on the final day could well be the difference between Southampton signing a player and not being able to afford him this summer.
The Saints’ form in the second half of the season was that of a relegation side, and they could’ve found themselves in seriously hot water if it wasn’t for the similarly awful form shown by Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United, with only Southampton’s impressive start to the campaign saving them from relegation.
Therefore, it is clear that new signings are a must this summer if Southampton want to avoid a relegation battle, and Hasenhuttl will no doubt be fuming that his players arguably cost the club a potential new transfer with a shocking final day display.