The 2019/20 Premier League campaign may only be eight games old, but with only two wins and a draw from those matches, Southampton continue to find themselves down in 17th place in the table, with only seven points returned for our efforts so far.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl hasn’t pulled many punches about some of the performances, but there will be those fans who feel that we may have had slightly more on the board had we had a better slice of luck in some games.
Either way, there are some improvements and the more optimistic amongst us will feel that come the end of the campaign we will be safe under the Austrian gaffer, but even then, it relies on our summer signings settling a bit more quickly than they have so far, and really beginning to show what they capable of – along with key existing players performing how we already know they can for the gaffer.
Speaking recently to Sporting Life, the Soccer Saturday panel gave their thoughts on the top flight at this stage of the season, and Saints legend Matt Le Tissier was pretty clear that his biggest disappointment, as we find ourselves at the end of the October international break, was where we find sit in the table.
“The biggest disappointment from my perspective is seeing Southampton in 17th! I think the manor of the performance against Bournemouth was poor. You cannot have complaints – we are where we should be. You could maybe point to the Liverpool game, where Danny Ings could have nicked a point, but in reality, you could not expect too many more points in the bag due to the performance levels.”
Let’s hope that begins to rectify itself as we travel to Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.