Gordon Strachan comments on Southampton’s struggles

Head coach Gordon Strachan looks on prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Slovenia and Scotland at stadium Stozice on October 08, 2017 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Virgil van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018.

Head coach Gordon Strachan (C) of Scotland looks dejected after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Slovenia and Scotland at stadium Stozice on October 08, 2017 in Ljubljana,...

Southampton are struggling at the moment, and there is a very good chance that the Saints could go down to the Championship at the end of the season.

The Saints are currently 16th in the standings with seven points from 11 matches, just a point above the relegation zone.

Mark Hughes’s side have scored just seven goals in the Premier League so far this season and have conceded as many as 20 goals.

 

Former Southampton manager Gordon Strachan has given his take on the Saints’ current situation.

The former Leeds United midfielder has suggested that Southampton’s current slide started when Virgil van Dijk wanted to leave St. Mary’s Stadium.

Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £75 million.

As reported by BBC Sport, the 27-year-old former Celtic central defender handed in a transfer request in the summer of 2017, with Liverpool claimed to be interested in the Netherlands international, who is one of the best in his position in the world and has been superb for the Reds.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT)  Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on November 8, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Strachan wrote on Paddypower.com: “I think Southampton’s struggles started when Virgil Van Dijk decided he wanted to leave, last season.

“It doesn’t matter how big a club you are, if there’s a big influence who wants to go, it can be really unsettling period, it affects everybody.

“I’ve no way to know 100%, but he was such a huge personality there, and that would’ve had an impact.

“Since then, Southampton as a club have gone backwards rather than forwards. Not in serious reverse speed, just backwards.”

Head coach Gordon Strachan looks on prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Slovenia and Scotland at stadium Stozice on October 08, 2017 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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