Southampton 1-3 Bournemouth: Premier League – Three Match takeaways

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Cedric Soares of Southampton is challenged by Jack Stacey of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary's Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Cedric Soares of Southampton is challenged by Jack Stacey of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary's Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) /
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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Che Adams of Southampton is challenged by Nathan Ake of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary’s Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Che Adams of Southampton is challenged by Nathan Ake of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary’s Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) /

Where Are Goals Going To Come From?

Southampton’s final third display on Friday night was worrying.  25 shots attempted, 6 on target, and maybe 1 or 2 that were actually threatening created the concern.  Che Adams is close, but not getting the job done, as the only starting striker in the Premier League without a goal.  Danny Ings appears to be second string and is not getting into good positions, and let’s be honest, Boufal and Redmond are more creators than finishers.

Add a defensive midfield of Hojbjerg and Romeu, and a facilitator in Jame Ward-Prowse, and Southampton fans have to wonder who will carry the goal-scoring load.  Moussa Djenepo is extremely promising, but other than the Malian, someone has to step up.  Maybe Hasenhuttl expects goals to come from a number of different positions, which is feasible within the pressing tactics.  However, the Saints still are without a first half Premier League goal and have created too many good chances to still hold that statistic.

Che Adams is going to have to get his tally going soon, or the mental game will linger.  Danny Ings may need a start or two to get his sea legs, and the wingers not named Djenepo are going to have to be more clinical for long term success.  The Southampton team has too much ability to not be scoring, and hear’s hoping Pompey opens the flood gates and get us going.

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