It’s been a mixed start to the 2019/20 Premier League campaign for Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, as with the October international break now upon us, in eight games we’ve taken two ins and only seven points so far.
Some fans are naturally and understandably panicking, others like me, not so much despite the heavy defeat to Chelsea last weekend – but that’s not to say there aren’t obvious improvements still to be made and we should certainly see those as our summer newbies settle more in, and begin really performing for us.
Quoted by the Daily Mail this week, club legend Matt Le Tissier has stated that he believes not only should Hasenhuttl be looking for a safer end to the campaign when it comes to the now usual relegation battle, but that we should also seriously have one eye on lifting one of the domestic Cups this year to give everyone a lift and prove we are back on the right track.
“I think we’re realistic enough to know that we’re not going to win the Premier League. But we got to the final of the League Cup a couple of seasons ago and just lost out narrowly to Manchester United. So there’s no reason why we can’t win a trophy this season. There’s a lot of talent in the squad so hopefully we can get the best out of all of them – Nathan Redmond last season was pretty important for us. He gives us that pace, that edge and that directness to our play that causes people problems. Moussa Djenepo has also been a big plus – he got two fantastic goals away from home (against Brighton and Sheffield United) which have really turned the games in our favour and got us six points.”
Many fans will probably feel that’s a lofty aim given our form and results at this moment in time, but if the overall aim this year is progression on last season and a more comfortable run in, a Cup journey would definitely be a lift and if you don’t aim for things in football – as Southampton over the last few years admirably proves – you fall backwards and fail.