Koeman explains transfer strategy for the next week

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says he's reluctant to trust the younger players at the club.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has detailed his transfer plans for the rest of the window to the Daily Echo.

The boss has stressed the need for further additions before the deadline on February 2 to give the side greater strength in depth as they go after trying to secure Champions League football.

“We have one week and we will think about it (strengthening the squad),” said Koeman.

“We know our situation, we know about the players who are injured and when they come back but when you look to the bench there is Shane and the rest under-21s and that is difficult.”

“We know maybe for one game maybe we can change and bring in young players but not until the end of the season.”

Koeman seems to be fully aware of the pressure the club’s current position has placed him and his playing squad under.

The Saints have been a great example of how to use and develop younger players in the last few seasons, but he seems wary of relying on them with the stakes getting higher as each week passes.

Adding one or two more experienced options before the end of the season will help him when the team suffers injuries and suspensions, which means he has good quality options to fall back on.

The side is missing several key players in the form of Shane Long, Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld, which is an awful lot of quality to withdraw from the side.

It’s a difficult situation for Koeman because on the one hand, he wants the benefit of experience but on the other, the youngsters are only going to improve if they are thrown into difficult situations.

However, when the boss, the fans and the pressure all starts to get a bit twitchy, the club’s chances may be safer in the hands of someone who has been through it before.

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