Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has indicated that the club are still actively in search of players for next season. The Austrian is looking to build upon last season’s 11th placed finish with some additional reinforcements.
Despite being content with where the club and the squad is ahead of their opening trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday, Hasenhuttl wants to increase his squad depth and provide competition for places.
Ralph Hasenhuttl Wants to Improve Southampton Squad for the 2020/21 Campaign
Holding Midfielder High up on Priority List for Ralph Hasenhuttl
The 53-year-old confirmed that the club are actively seeking a holding midfielder. Following the sale of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Tottenham, Hasenhuttl stated that he and the club need to do something in that area.
During pre-season the Saints have opted to stay with the formation that brought so much success in the second half of last season. Although both James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu featured as much as Hojbjerg last season, Hasenhuttl remains focused on bringing a holding midfielder to the club.
He said: “More needs to be done, absolutely. We know we have lost a No 6 with Pierre gone and we need to do something. There is a long way to go.”
Could a Striker be on Their Way to St Mary’s?
It would be difficult to break the formidable strike partnership of Shane Long and Danny Ings. Despite only finding the back of the net twice last season, the former worked endlessly hard and was a constant threat.
Still a Decision to be Made About Their Goalkeeping situation
It seems clear that Alex McCarthy will remain the number one at the club. However, the more complicated situation is who will be backing him up. Hasenhuttl confirmed that either Angus Gunn or Fraser Forster will be sent out on loan this season and a decision will be made over the next couple of weeks.