The rumors have been swirling around Southampton’s marquee summer signing, Che Adams, who now appears likely to be a Saint for the rest of the season.
Reports have said the Board was open to selling and Adams himself wanted to leave the club this January, even if it was just a short-term loan deal.
But, Hasenhuttl has remained adamant the striker has a role to play this season and he will be needed.
After some back and forth it appears Ralph has won out in the end and the Englishman will stay with the club and help the club maintain its current form.
I believe this is the right choice for Southampton. Che is still a young striker and even with a rough start to his Saints career that does not doom him to be a failure. People are sometimes too quick to jump ship and I believe we all need a little patience when it comes to Adams.
He collected an assist over the weekend that lead to the match-winning goal and if he grows in confidence and shows a willingness to run like Ings does he would make a great strike partner with our leading goal scorer.
In the next match against Wolves I would not be surprised to see Adams in the starting line-up in place of Shane Long.
I would also not be surprised to see a rotation between Adams, Long and Obafemi starting until Ralph finds a combination he believes works best.