Whilst Southampton have enjoyed a fairly impressive start to the 2020/21 season, they have been reliant on Danny Ings and Che Adams for their goals at times, with their wingers struggling for goals.
Stuart Armstrong has two goals in the top-flight, whilst Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond have just one each and the fact that the Saints have now failed to score in their past three Premier League fixtures emphasises that these wingers need to start contributing a lot more.
We have seen Nathan Tella on the bench at times this season, with the academy talent having notched four goals as a striker in a recent game against Leicester City U23s but other than that, Hasenhuttl seems reluctant to put his faith in Southampton’s youngsters.
Something the Austrian should consider doing to amend their current goalscoring problem is promoting 20-year-old Will Ferry to his senior side.
The Ireland U21 international certainly seems to have a knack for scoring goals, having contributed seven goals and nine assists in 23 appearances for the U’18 side, before being moved to the U’23 side.
This season he has managed one goal and two assists in 10 appearances in the Premier League 2 and certainly deserves a chance to show what he can do in the Southampton first-team.
When he was handed a new deal with the club, the Southampton website described him as a “pacey winger” who has impressed with the academy and wants to make the next step into the first-team.
Certainly, next month’s FA Cup fixture against Shrewsbury Town could prove to be the ideal time to give Ferry a chance in the Saints first-team, and if he impresses Hasenhuttl, there’s no reason why he can’t push for a Premier League debut, should the likes of Redmond and Djenepo continue to struggle.