Southampton’s and Hasenhuttl’s £4m mistake is coming back to haunt them – opinion

This season has not been the best for Southampton.

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The Saints are currently languishing at the bottom of the Premier League table – they are currently in 18th position and in the relegation zone, albeit on goal difference – and are struggling to put together a run of games that could keep them in the top tier.

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Whilst their defensive record particularly catches the eye – they have conceded 36 times this term, which is more than any other side in the division – their attacking one is almost as bad. They have scored just 18 goals, with only three sides managing less.

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Danny Ings has had to lead the attack almost on his own. His nine goals contribute to half of all of those in the league, whilst he has also managed one assist as well. Alongside him, he has had to put up with Che Adams and Shane Long and Michael Obafmei, all of whom have failed to score so far.

If only Hasenhuttl had a striker who could score at the highest level? Well, he actually did have one until Charlie Austin left for West Brom for £4m during the summer. Clearly he felt he could do without him, even though he had plundered 16 goals in 34 starts for the club in the top flight.

Charlie Austin this season - Southampton's and Hasenhuttl's £4m mistake is coming back to haunt them - opinion

Since moving to The Hawthorns, he has hit the ground running. Although he has not always been a guaranteed starter, he has still managed seven strikes in the Championship, whilst he has also got himself one in the League Cup as well. Perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised – the 30-year-old scored 18 in the Premier League during the 2014/15 season despite QPR getting relegated – but the former RB Leipzig boss probably is. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have sold him.

Selling the England international was a mistake from Hasenhuttl, and he is now paying the price as his side struggles for goals. With the transfer window just around the corner, he has the chance to rectify it and sign a new forward.

In other news, one change of position could rejuvenate this Southampton midfielder.

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