As Guly do Prado struggled out wide once again and Gaston Ramirez and Adam Lallana thriving in the centre of midfield Nigel Adkins may look to bolster his wide options in January. So who could he bring in?
Southampton would have felt rightly aggrieved at the draw with Arsenal at the St Marys this week. A goal from the impressive Gaston Ramirez was cancelled out when Guly Do Prado turned the ball into his own net. Other than that blip Southampton were superb.
Luke Shaw looks a future England international at left-back while Jack Cork was sublime as a utility right-back. Meanwhile Morgan Schneiderlin continued to take to the Premier League like the proverbial duck to water doing very well to keep the likes of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla shackled for the majority of the tie.
While a goalkeeper is an obvious transfer avenue in January, with Birmingham stopper Jack Butland already being linked, another area were improvement is needed is out on the wings. Guly looked out of his depth again in the Premier League and while Jason Puncheon has excelled the only other options are to play either Adam Lallana or Ramirez out wide; which based on their performances so far this season would take them away from their better positions in the heart of midfield.
While Jay Rodriguez has also been used out-wide he is more of a front-man so bolstering their options in the front-three department could be a genuine consideration for Nigel Adkins in January.
So who could they sign?
Here are five potential options.
Stewart Downing - Liverpool
Despite a recent upturn in form he is still considered surplus to requirements at Anfield as Brendan Rodgers chases the signatures of Thomas Ince and Daniel Sturridge. The left-winger has started to show he does still possess some of the talent that once made him such a coveted figure across the land and if he could get his crossing game together Rickie Lambert would feed off the pickings like an enthusiastic town pigeon.
Matty Phillips - Blackpool
This deal may depend on the future of Ince at Blackpool but the club have moved for the Scotland international before and may well be tempted again. Fast and tricky he would complement Jason Puncheon on the opposite flank with ease.
Lee Chung-Yong - Bolton Wanderers
Last season the South Korean was missing for Bolton Wanderers survival fight with a serious injury but previous to that he was emerging as one of the Premier Leagues more talented wingers. A superb crosser of the ball with deceptive pace he may seek a move away from a Bolton side currently languishing in 16th position.
Nathan Redmond - Birmingham City
In the same way that Butland may be available to Southampton due to Birmingham City’s continued financial problems the teenage winger may also become a dispensable asset to keep the club afloat. Whether they could attract him over apparent interest from the likes of Manchester United would remain to be seen but they managed to talk Ramirez around so why not Redmond.
Marko Marin - Chelsea
Recently admitted that a loan-deal would be something he considers as he continues rehabilitation from injury and struggles to make it into the Chelsea first-team picture. The German international could thrive in Southampton’s positive style of play until the end of season while gaining valuable Premier League experience.
Would you like to see any of these players at St Marys?
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