It’s no shock that Southampton supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl is the bookmakers favorite to lose their job first within the upcoming Premier League season.
Southampton ended the 2021-22 season disappointingly, successful simply certainly one of their final 12 fixtures and completed the season simply 5 factors away from the relegation locations. Had the groups beneath them confirmed extra end-of-season struggle, may we of seen the Saints end within the backside three?
Southampton recorded simply 9 wins final season, solely bettering that of the three relegated sides in Burnley, Norwich Metropolis, and Watford. The South Coast membership additionally recorded the fourth highest quantity for objectives conceded, two of the three sides have been once more relegated, Norwich and Watford.
However there have been some highlights for Hasenhuttl’s aspect who recorded away wins at Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, while additionally holding champions Manchester Metropolis to attracts residence and away within the league.
Dropping striker Danny Ings in the summertime of 2021 was by no means going to be straightforward to switch his objectives, who unexpectedly left for Aston Villa on the eve of the brand new marketing campaign.
A Prolific Goalscorer
Final season’s prime goalscorer was James Ward-Prowse with 11 objectives in all competitions, with a number of fantastic free-kicks amongst these objectives, however the Saints can not rely solely on chic free kicks from their talisman captain to maintain the aspect afloat.
Southampton might be with out final season’s on-loan ahead Armando Broja, who returned to his father or mother membership Chelsea. The Albanian worldwide scored 9 objectives in 38 appearances in all competitions, averaging a objective each 0.24 video games, not setting the league on fireplace however actually proving he might be extra fruitful maybe underneath a aspect with higher service going ahead.
Solely 2 first-team strikers stay on the membership, together with the 2021 summer season signing Adam Armstrong, who was signed for £15 million from Blackburn Rovers. The Newcastle-born striker struggled to copy his tremendous type within the Championship the earlier season, scoring simply 2 objectives in 28 appearances in his debut season for the Saints. Southampton’s second striker on the membership Che Adams managed Eight objectives in all competitions however once more doesn’t possess the medical consistency of former strike associate Danny Ings.
A brand new striker to spearhead the ahead line is a prime precedence this summer season switch window for Hasenhuttl, however they’ll face stiff competitors throughout Europe for signing a fascinating striker who can hit 15 plus objectives in a season.
Retaining maintain of Ward-Prowse
Retaining maintain of key midfielder and membership captain James Ward-Prowse is a should, at the very least this summer season.
The 27-year-old has missed simply 2 league video games previously three seasons for the Saints and is an important cog in the way in which Southampton performs.
One membership man Ward-Prowse made his debut in 2011 after coming by the much-admired youth system.
Prime goalscorer in all competitions, the England worldwide hit the again of the web 10 occasions within the league final season, which included 4 free-kicks, probably the most in the whole Premier League. Ward-Prowse was even praised by Pep Guardiola as “the perfect free-kick taker I’ve seen in my life”.
Retaining maintain of the 11-capped England midfielder might show troublesome this summer season, with West Ham, Newcastle United, and Tottenham all beforehand declaring an curiosity.
The midfielder might be eager to construct on his worldwide profession with England, and he might be vying for a spot on the Qatar World Cup this winter.
Reportedly on £100,000 every week at St Marys on a contract that runs up till 2026, the asking value for Ward-Prowse goes to be upwards of £50 million to prise away the membership’s principal asset.
Bettering The Defence
Conceding 67 objectives, the fourth highest behind Leeds United, Norwich, and Watford, tightening up on the again might be a key difficulty to handle for the Saints boss, particularly away from residence the place 43 objectives have been conceded at a median of two.26 per sport, the worst report within the division.
Defending set items was additionally a weak hyperlink for Southampton who conceded 16 objectives all through.
New recruit Armel Bella-Kotchap will look so as to add competitors to the defence this coming season. The 6ft 3in German underneath 21 worldwide arrives at Southampton for £10 million from Bundesliga outfit Vfl Bochum, becoming a member of on a four-year deal.
Hasenhuttl will need to additional recruit on the again earlier than the beginning of the season, particularly if Polish defender Jan Bednarek leaves St Mary’s who has been admired by Premier League rivals Leicester and Serie A aspect Napoli currently.
Avoiding Heavy Losses
Within the final three seasons, Southampton has recorded big defeats in every marketing campaign.
In 2019, Southampton infamously misplaced 9-Zero at residence to Leicester sparking requires the Austrian head coach to depart, simply 4 gamers stay on the membership who made the beginning XI that night.
Remarkably lightning would strike twice in simply the next season, this time dropping by the identical scoreline to Manchester United at Outdated Trafford, however this time the sport was performed behind closed doorways as a consequence of covid-19.
The Saints most up-to-date heavy defeat was inflicted by Chelsea final season in entrance of their residence trustworthy. With Chelsea main 6-Zero by the 54th minute, many have been apprehensive they might see an unprecedented third nine-goal defeat in a row.
The squad’s self-discipline and focus ranges should be improved to close up store earlier when a sport has been misplaced early on, not permitting three or four nil to develop into 7 or 8.
Quicker begin and a greater end
This season Southampton should come out of the blocks faster at the beginning of the upcoming season.
It took Eight video games for Southampton to report their first win of the season in October final 12 months in opposition to Leeds United.
The identical could be stated when enhancing their type in direction of the again finish of the season too, happening to win simply certainly one of their final 12 outings within the league which included defeats to Watford, Crystal Palace, and Burnley taking simply 5 factors from a potential 36.
The Southampton board has thus far proven religion within the Austrian, who has been the membership’s longest-serving supervisor within the Premier League period for the Saints since taking up the put up in late 2018. The 54-year-old will come underneath intense strain ought to his aspect begin the season the way in which the final one ended.