Southampton’s attacking players are thriving under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Before the Austrian was appointed as the club’s first-team manager in December, they had struggled to truly impress for Mark Hughes.
However, Hasenhuttl has helped the team play more aggressively, and on the front foot, and in turn, the players in the final third of the pitch are enjoying greater success.
Nathan Redmond has operated in a more central role and has found his shooting boots, evidenced by his brace and role in Southampton’s 3-1 win over Wolves at the weekend.
Josh Sims, who operated alongside Redmond and Danny Ings, was impressive, too, and has been since his reintroduction to the first team.
Southampton do have some natural wide players available to them in the form of Redmond, Sims and Mohamed Elyounoussi, with Sofiane Boufal currently on loan at Celta Vigo.
However, with Hasenhuttl likely to consider a change to a formation with more naturally attacking wide players next season, further reinforcements could be targeted.
I’ve taken a look at some wingers who I feel Southampton should consider signing this summer.
James has been touted as a possible transfer target ahead of the summer, and he’d certainly add plenty to the options at Hasenhuttl’s disposal.
The 21-year-old has been outstanding for Swansea City this season, impressing with his mazy runs and counter-attacking qualities. He’s netted four Championship goals and contributed with seven assists.
Japan international Doan is raw but has immense potential. He has scored four and assisted twice for Groningen in Eredivisie fixtures this season, figures which hardly inspire.
However, his energetic nature out of possession and determination to drive his team forward at pace and with guile is admirable, and with the right coach, he could quickly become one of the world’s most exciting young wingers.
Skov has been outstanding for Copenhagen this season, finding the back of the net 24 times from just 26 Superligaen fixtures, also chipping in with six assists.
His form for the Danish side has been nothing short of remarkable; his ability to find pockets of space to poach goals, as well as his comfort to shoot on both feet, make him a more than viable target for Premier League sides this summer.
Rashica has been a standout performer for Werder Bremen this season. He’s found the back of the net eight times and assisted his teammates on three occasions in Bundesliga fixtures.
At 22-years-old, the Kosovo international has a big future ahead of him and could take his game to the next level under a coach of Hasenhuttl’s quality.
Bowen has been simply outstanding in the Championship this season, and yet sufficient credit has not been attributed to the Hull City winger.
He has scored 20 goals for his side this season and is likely to be targeted by Premier League clubs this summer. Southampton could be the perfect next destination for him.
Grifo is another who has been linked with a move to Southampton in recent weeks.
The Italian international has impressed on the left-hand side for Hoffenheim during his loan spell from Freiburg this season, scoring four times and assisting on six occasions.
With the ability to play either on the left or right, he’d make a clever addition to Hasenhuttl’s squad.
Lookman played the best football of his short career to date under Ralph Hasenhuttl’s management in the second half of last season at RB Leipzig.
He has been used sparingly by Marco Silva during the current campaign, and if Southampton can entice Everton into a sale of the youngster, they’d be luring a gem to St Mary’s.
Kostic, who has been linked with Southampton in previous windows, is enjoying an exceptional season on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt from Hamburg.
The 26-year-old, who can play in a multitude of attacking roles, has scored five Bundesliga goals and chipped in with 11 assists this term.