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Southampton FC transfers (incoming):
Danny Ings ($25M from Liverpool): Ings really came over for 2018 on loan with a required purchase option the following season (AKA: now). This transfer is probably not for the faint of heart. The issue with Ings has never been his ability; but rather his complete inability to stay healthy. To illustrate this point, he was our die the entire 2016-2017 with a knee issue. In his “loan” season, however, Ings debuted well. He would go on to make 25 appearances for the Saints scoring eight goals and adding three assists across all competitions. I think the real evaluation for this transfer will come down to Ings fitness. If they can keep him healthy and contributing, this deal could be a steal. However, if he continues to spend all his time with the physios, it will be an expensive and risky ”flop.” I’m hoping Ings does well. He’s had way more than his share of injury time, and he wants to get back to scoring and setting up goals.
Che Adams ($19M from Birmingham): Adams was responsible directly or indirectly for nearly 50% of Birmingham’s goals. He scored 22 goals and added five assists in his 46 league appearances. He’s shown himself as a creative force in the Championship, and I can see him developing an excellent partnership with Ings. The 23-year old had a party to introduce himself to the soccer world this season. As I’ve said several times before in this series, his production should continue to increase because the quality of his surrounding cast will also dramatically increase. The one concern I have is about him changing divisions; he’s obviously a prolific scorer. However, there’s a decent skill gap between the Premier League and the Championship; so hopefully, he can bridge that. I think the most likely place for him to play is upfront alongside (or immediately behind) Ings, and he could provide positional depth if Ings were to get injured.
Moussa Djenepo ($18M from Standard Liege): Djenepo burst onto the Jupiler League last season for Liege. He’s also broken into the senior Mali set up as of late (October) 2017. In the 39 total appearances he made for the first team at Standard Liege, he provided eleven goals and six assists averaging about 65 minutes per appearance. I think it’s very likely that Djenepo will play in his natural left-wing position, but Southampton played in a variety of different formations last year. They played anywhere from one to three strikers, a three to five-man backline, and a three to five-man midfield. Hughes seemed to favor the 3-4-2-1 with Ings on top supported by a bunch of midfielders. If this is where he slides in, it will likely be as a left midfielder, though I expect he’ll be given substantial freedom to get forward. As I said already about Adams, I think that he will continue to improve upon his form with the boost in teammate quality.
Sofiane Boufal (Return from Loan): Boufal was on loan all last season for Celta Vigo. However, despite 35 appearances of about 60 minutes each, his contributions amounted to three goals and four goals. Although his contributions seem low, he played a more significant role in the build-up play than is indicated by the scoresheet. One of Boufal’s most prominent contributions is his ability to dribble past opponents which he did on average four or more times per game. He also provided just shy of two shots per game while adding additional key passes per game. Boufal spent most of his time while on loan at left midfield, however; I think this position will have lots of competition. One bonus for Southampton is that they have a lot of positional flexibility amongst their (attacking) midfielders.
Cedric Soares (Return from Loan): Soares will be an exciting puzzle for this team in the next season. As I mentioned a bit earlier, Hughes and Hasenhüttl‘s preferred formations are quite different. In Hasenhüttl‘s system, there is a back four, which is likely to increase Soares playing chances substantially over Hughes. He appeared 18 times in total as right back and his performances were acceptable, not exceptional. I think Soares is likely to stay with the team this season, but if he wants to play; he’ll need to raise his performance level.
Guido Carrillo (Return from Loan): Carrillo spent the season on loan at Leganes where he would go on to make 32 total appearances. He scored six goals and an assist. Perhaps the far more telling statistic is this one, for his contributions he was awarded four Man of the Match awards. Possibly even more surprising is that he did it on an average of 63 minutes per appearance. It will be interesting to see where he lines up for Hasenhüttl’s Southampton. I think Carrillo is a good player, but Southampton was seriously short on goals last season. I could see Carrillo getting some games as a sort of shadow striker role or maybe even in an attacking midfielder role.
Wesley Hoedt (Return from Loan): Hoedt spent the first half of the season with Southampton where he would feature a total of 13 times. His play was tolerable, but not great. In fact, it earned him a stint at Celta Vigo (with Sofiane Boufal). However, Hoedt was a less consistent part of the team. In the second half of the season, he would make ten appearances for Celta Vigo where his play was perhaps even more mediocre. The whole Southampton team struggled mightily as evidenced by their -20 goal differential. I think Hasenhüttl will probably give all the defenders an opportunity in the offseason while moving to a back four. One of the biggest challenges he will have is shoring up the defense, Hoedt could help here.
Jordy Clasie (Return from Loan/Free Transfer): Clasie joined from the fabled Feyenoord youth system. He joined Southampton for about $18M, but since his arrival, he’s been a man on loan. Since joining Southampton in 2015, he’s made 49 appearances with two goals and an assist across all competitions. Playing time has been harder for Clasie to come by because he primarily plays defensive midfield. This could, however, change under Hasenhüttl and I think he’ll get some opportunities in the preseason. Update: Clasie complete a free transfer to AZ Alkmaar.
Southampton FC Transfers (outgoing):
Matt Targett ($18M to Aston Villa): Target moves on from Southampton after a season that would have him feature 16 times. The youngster spent the second half of the prior season on loan with Fulham where he featured at every opportunity. Aston Villa is probably overpaying for Targett, but left-back has been an enormous problem for Aston Villa. I think this is a good move for Southampton FC.
Sam Gallagher ($6.5M to Blackburn): Gallagher has been a part of Southampton since his youth team days. However, he’s never found a place amongst the first team. He’s spent the last four years on loans with various teams mostly in the Championship. He’s unlikely to find his way into the first team here, so the move is probably the best outcome. For a player not featuring in the side, this is a nice return although the specifics of his acquisition were never released.
Steven Davis (Free Transfer to Rangers): Davis spent the first half of the season with Southampton. Although he made the game-day squad, he would only make one start and two substitute appearances. After moving on loan to Rangers, he would make ten appearances including six starts. Davis doesn’t seem to have much of a future with Southampton outside a very deep rotation option. At Rangers, I think he’ll be a regular.
Jack Rose (Loan to Walsall): Rose joined the club back in 2017 ad a free transfer. Since he’s arrived, he’s featured in zero games for the first team. He has, however, appeared regularly in the reserves team where he’s made 78 starts, with nineteen clean sheets. It does seem a little unusual to me that he’s not gone out on more loans but instead plays for the reserves so much. It leads me to believe they think he’ll play a bigger role for the side. It could, however, also be that they haven’t found any suitable clubs to take him on loan).
Last Updated: July 18, 2019