Claude Puel’s Southampton suffered three defeats in six days over the festive period to put a dent in their aspirations of replicating last season’s sixth place finish in the Premier League.
The Saints were just six points behind Manchester United in sixth following their 3-1 victory at South Coast rivals Bournemouth on December 18, but losses to Tottenham, West Brom, and Everton have seen Puel’s men fall 15 points behind the Red Devils.
It also means that they have fallen to tenth in the Premier League table following their wretched run, but they can at least turn their attentions away from the league this weekend when they travel to Norwich in the third round of the FA Cup.
Southampton have won six of their 20 league matches this season, but their tally of 19 goals scored is the least of the top 15 top-flight sides, and will need improving in the second half of the season to sustain a top half finish.
Nonetheless, the Saints are still well-placed to achieve a fourth successive top ten finish in the Premier League, but Puel may need more reinforcements in January to keep his side in the top half.
Thus, here are TWO players that will make Southampton’s season should they sign at St Mary’s this month…