Mark Hughes has a stern test ahead of him at Southampton this season, as the Saints look to fight back from last year’s disappointment.
Mohamed Elyounoussi, Jannik Vestergaard, Angus Gunn and Stuart Armstrong have all be lured to the south coast as Southampton look to fight their way back into the top half of the table, while a major sale saw Dusan Tadic leave for Ajax.
Further business could be on the cards in the final 24 hours of the transfer window and we have identified the two deals Southampton should prioritise.
Sign Danny Welbeck
Not a single player hit double figures for Southampton in the league last season, with Charlie Austin and the departed Dusan Tadic hitting seven each. Ok, so Danny Welbeck has had the same problem at Arsenal but with Tadic gone, Southampton need those goals.
ESPN states Arsenal are ready to listen to offers for the England international and he needs a fresh start, which Southampton can provide. Well established in the international set up, it’s clear Welbeck can provide a boost to Southampton’s attack.
Now 27, Welbeck is approaching the prime years of his career and he could enjoy those seasons on the south coast.
Sell Sam McQueen
A domino effect in the market looks set to take place in the final hours of the transfer window, with Southampton’s Sam McQueen involved as FootballInsider states Bristol City are eyeing the services of the 23-year-old.
The Robins see McQueen as the ideal replacement for full-back Joe Bryan, who is set to complete a switch to join Aston Villa, and Southampton seem open to a sale as they already have Ryan Bertrand well established as their first choice.
A deal would likely be on loan, which could work out perfectly for all parties.