With the weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach as manager Mark Hughes and Southampton rounded off their pre-season warm-up portion of the summer and we now turn all eyes to the Premier League kick-off next weekend against Burnley, it wasn’t the best way of going into the final week of training.
Hughes himself admitted the opposition were sharper than we were and he cut the side some slack owing to fatigue setting in from three games in a week, but he was also quick to point out that we needed to improve and quickly as he wouldn’t be so forgiving the next time we take to the pitch.
The quick route to improving a side is the transfer market, but the Daily Echo have him saying that he’s likely done with incomings this year.
Whilst he wouldn’t rule out doing a further deal, he admitted that it wasn’t likely now as he wasn’t expecting arrivals, nor departures.
Fraser Forster is one of those as we try and find a suitable club to get him game time given his fall from grace and Hughes did confirm that there was plenty of interest in our youngsters as well – but he wants to keep them around until January at least to see if they can work their way into his first-team plans.
“At this moment in time as we stand here we are probably at a point where we are not likely to do any business, but you never know. If there is something that presents itself and makes sense and you have the means and resources to do it then we will look at it. As we stand I wouldn’t have thought we would be doing much.”
No busy deadline day this year then from the sounds of things.