Report explains one key approach Southampton are planning in summer transfer window

Ralph Hasenhuttl the head coach

Southampton are reportedly planning to move for homegrown players this summer.

Ralph Hasenhuttl the head coach

According to the Daily Mail, Southampton are planning to predominantly invest in homegrown players this summer.

The Saints are edging ever closer to safety under Ralph Hasenhuttl this season, and can begin preparing for another Premier League campaign next term.

Hasenhuttl will be desperate for reinforcements this summer though, and it seems that Southampton are already eyeing up one major approach to the transfer window.

 

The Daily Mail report that Southampton – led by Ross Wilson – are planning to predominantly sign homegrown players, re-implementing a British core to the side.

Hasenhuttl has got the most out of players like Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse this season, whilst Angus Gunn, Josh Sims and Tyreke Johnson could be in line for big roles moving forward.

However, Southampton have wasted huge amounts of money on foreign players in recent years. Sofiane Boufal and Guido Carrillo were both major investments, but have both time out on loan this season, with Celta Vigo and Leganes respectively.

Nathan Redmond of Southampton celebrates with teammates James Ward-Prowse and Danny Ings after his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Everton FC...

Mohamed Elyounoussi and Mario Lemina has made no impact under Hasenhuttl, Wesley Hoedt was offloaded on loan to Celta too, and Manolo Gabbiadini was sold in January. According to Transfermarkt, those six players collectively have cost Southampton a staggering £98million.

That simply isn't good enough, and Southampton may now re-focus on signing British players, overhauling their approach to the transfer market despite many previously thinking Hasenhuttl would explore the German market.

A general view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Southampton and Watford at St Mary's Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Southampton, England.

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