Claude Puel is embarking on his first season in English football, having taken over from Ronald Koeman as Southampton manager in the summer.
The Frenchman, although he didn’t win any of his first four Premier League matches in charge at St Mary’s, has begun to make his mark on the team, and oversaw a seven-match unbeaten run before a 1-0 defeat at Inter Milan two weeks ago.
Their defeat at home to Chelsea on Sunday was their first home loss of the season, and they will go into their return match against Inter on Thursday hoping to bounce back in both league and Europe.
The Saints haven’t won in four in all competitions, but did pick up a credible draw at Manchester City a few weeks back, and are playing well enough to replicate their solid performance at the Etihad against Inter on Thursday.
As Puel looks to stamp his authority on the team, he may consider reinforcing his squad in January as they look to continue their European exploits, and also attempt to match last season’s sixth place finish in the Premier League.
Thus, here are THREE midfielders they should look to sign in January…