Southampton CEO Martin Semmens has confirmed that the club could be active in the January transfer window if they need a boost at the season’s mid-point.
Although some moves are considerably more expensive and loans are more likely in the January transfer window, Southampton have often picked up one player in it to give them an extra option in one position. Takumi Minamino and Kyle Walker-Peters are two examples in recent years.
Speaking on the latest episode of the Total Saints Podcast, Semmens said:
"“…..absolutely, there are opportunities in January, and we’ve always historically probably done one important move to strengthen the team in a certain area and that’s the kind of thing you could expect. But at this point, we wouldn’t have those plans in place.”"
Southampton could need a boost to help them over the line this season
Southampton’s start to the season has really divided opinion amongst the club’s fanbase. Draws against Manchester United, Newcastle, West Ham and Manchester City had a solid look to them but two subsequent losses to Wolves and Chelsea have made things look a bit more gloomy.
2021/22 is really yet to get going for Ralph Hasenhuttl and his players but the next five games against Leeds, Burnley, Watford, Aston Villa and Norwich could prove to be the run of fixtures that turn it all around.
Southampton did have a successful summer in terms of recruitment and signed a number of players who could go on to be top players in the future for them and other clubs. However, the current squad is seemingly yet to click.
Martin Semmens’ quotes here show that the club will start to plan for a potential January signing if one is needed. If they do choose to bring in one player though, they will have to be a perfect fit and capable of hitting the ground running.
Southampton’s squad depth is a lot better than is has been in the past but a few injuries could prove problematic as always given that there are around two quality options for each position in their first-team right now.