What would Gignac bring to the Southampton attack next season?

Southampton Football Club

Reports in the English media suggest that Southampton, Everton and West Ham United will do battle for Andre-Pierre Gignac's signature.

After scoring 14 goals in Ligue 1 this season, the Daily Mirror report that French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is a target for Ronald Koeman’s Southampton this summer.

The Saints have been a revelation this season and are fighting for a place in the Champions League places. They are currently third, but there are only eight points separating Koeman’s side and West Ham United down in eighth place.

It is also mentioned that the Hammers and Everton are involved in the race for the France international.

After 10 games this season, Gignac had scored 10 goals, which is his best ever start to a league season. His goal-scoring exploits have hit a buffer; with only four league goals in the last 14 games, but talk of his next contract seem to have taken their toll.

Gignac is a free agent in the summer, Marseille can’t afford to increase his deal, so he will be moving away from France, and clubs will be vying for the big striker’s signature.

When it comes down to it, Gignac is a pure born predator. Put the ball in and around the penalty box and the powerful striker will sniff out a way to find the back of the net.

His game is much more than just being a fox-in-the-box though. When he gets up a head of steam, he has the pace to beat any defender, but the upper-body strength to blow away opponents.

On the odd occasion he will drift out wide, cut back inside his man and fire an unstoppable thunderbolt from 25 yards.

Gignac’s best work is done inside the box though. He will hold the ball up with his back to goal, it’s near impossible to get it back off him when he does. He can finish on both feet and has the power to beat most defenders in the air.

Although he has never played outside of France, his style as a striker seems ready-made for the Premier League. He enjoys the physical side of the game and has all the attributes to enjoy a couple of good season’s in England.

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