Jose Fonte comments on need for Southampton to do January transfer business

Southampton Football Club

Fonte would like to see more quality added to the Saints squad in January.

Southampton captain Jose Fonte has urged his club to spend in the January transfer window in order to keep up with the rest of the league.

Fonte points to the strength in depth of other sides and the amount of money spent on players that are starting games on the bench, referring to recent opponents Liverpool who emphatically dumped them out of the League Cup last week.

The defender is quoted in the Southern Daily Echo, saying: “We’re going to try and get some more quality. It’s simple as that.

“If you don’t keep up you see very clearly that you start dropping. We need to keep up."

The report also points out Koeman's comments about being unlikely to do business in January, suggesting the Saints boss is actually happy with the players at his disposal.

Despite what appears to be a difference of opinion, Fonte has said he isn't disagreeing with his manager: “He has his opinion and we have to agree that if he’s confident of course, he has to feel confident in his players.

“But if you saw the Liverpool bench the other night with Benteke, Firmino – all these guys [on the bench].

“There’s £25m in players - that’s like £100m on the bench.

“What I’m saying is that, although we have quality, other teams have possible higher in that aspect on the bench for solutions to change the game."

One can see where Fonte is coming from as all players from their sides want to see fresh, quality talent come in whenever possible, and he has pointed out that it is important the decision should primarily come from the manager as he needs to feel confident in any new face he adds to the squad.

The Saints have made some remarkable progress in recent seasons and want to continue on that upward trajectory. Fonte has acknowledged that is going to mean some money spent and trying to keep hold of their best players - or if they let them go, replace them like they have.

Ideally, they would have a quality starting XI and several very good options off the bench, even when injuries strike. 

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