The 2018/19 Premier League season is officially over and clubs will now be working hard to prepare for the next campaign.
Southampton managed to secure their Premier League status for another year under Ralph Hasenhuttl, who now has the chance to shape the squad this summer.
Hasenhuttl joined the club in December 2018, but opted not to make any signings in the January transfer window. This means that he now has his first opportunity to bring in players of his choosing to push the club on in the next campaign.
After multiple seasons of top 10 finishes in the Premier League, Southampton have slipped down the pecking order over the last two years and Hasenhuttl will be looking to take the club back to the glory days.
In regards to summer signings, Southampton could decide to take a look at players who have just been relegated from the top tier with Fulham, Cardiff and Huddersfield.
Here are some of their players who Southampton could target…
It’s no secret that Southampton are in need of a striker this summer. Mitrovic managed to find the back of the net 11 times for Fulham and could be the ideal signing for the Saints.
Mooy has been a standout for Huddersfield over the past two seasons and, despite their relegation, deserves another chance in the top-flight. He’s robust, but also able to create chances on the ball with his ability.
Durm is set to leave Huddersfield on a free and is capable of playing in a variety of positions. He could be a useful utility player, rather than someone who is going to come in and set the world alight.
Murphy showed flashes of his quality in a struggling Cardiff side, but may be more at home in an attacking Southampton squad. He could add the pace and energy Hasenhuttl wants up front alongside the likes of Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond.
The 22-year-old midfielder is a powerful force in the middle of the park and has been a highly-rated young player for a number of years. He could look to finally fulfil his potential under Hasenhuttl next season in the Premier League.
Reid showed signs of being a Premier League quality player at Cardiff, but also struggled with the lack of service to him up front. He could thrive under Hasenhuttl at St. Mary’s if he makes the move next season instead f staying at Cardiff in the Premier League.
This is certainly an ambitious one, but Sessegnon would be an excellent signing for Southampton. He can play at left-back or on either wing and impressed at times this season for Fulham despite their poor form. Many Premier League clubs are sure to have their eye on him, though.
If either Ryan Bertrand or Matt Targett leave the club this summer, Southampton could bring in Joe Bryan to replace him. The pacey fullback is a good outlet going forward, but still needs to work on the defensive side of his game.