It seems as if the Saints are still looking for attacking reinforcements this summer, with a striker perhaps a priority for Hasenhuttl before the window shuts.
In a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT, journalist Ryan Taylor confirmed that the South Coast club are still looking to bring in a forward.
He said: “They’re looking for another striker. [Armando] Broja is not one they’re actively pursuing, there was a £16m bid for Liam Delap from Manchester City, but they don’t want to sell permanently.”
Southampton sit bottom of the Premier League after the opening weekend and while Tottenham Hotspur away was always going to be a tough first fixture, fans will have been concerned with the manner of the defeat.
While it was a defensive horror show at times from Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, with Mohamed Salisu’s own goal particularly tough watching, the Saints managed just two shots on target against Spurs.
It was very much deja vu for Southampton fans as talismanic midfielder James Ward-Prowse gave them the lead before the team collapsed, only managing one more shot on target in the entire game.
Hasenhuttl opted to start Adam Armstrong in the defeat against Spurs, despite the former Blackburn man really struggling for form last season, hitting just two goals in all competitions.
He was replaced at half-time, while Che Adams was left on the bench, with reports suggesting that the Scotland international could leave St Mary’s before the window shuts.
Southampton are, of course, without Armando Broja this season after he impressed in his loan spell at the club last season, bagging nine goals in total, while Shane Long also left the club, so Hasenhuttl is very low on attacking depth.
This emphasises that the Austrian needs a new striker at the club as soon as possible, as it would be unwise to rely on an out-of-form Armstrong and the untested Sekou Mara for the whole season.
While it is far too soon to label this weekend’s game against Leeds United as a potential six-pointer, Saints fans will be desperate to see a new striker arrive before then, as Hasenhuttl’s side seem to be lacking a lot of quality up front.