Jamie Redknapp insists January is an important month for new Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl if he’s to keep the club in the Premier League.
The former Saints midfielder believes Hassenhuttl must spend wisely when the transfer window reopens next month if the club are to avoid relegation.
Redknapp said, as quoted by the Daily Echo:
“The upcoming transfer window will be the most important for Southampton since their return to the Premier League.”
“They have been a selling club in recent seasons, but now new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl must spend wisely to get them out of trouble.”
“He should also give Charlie Austin a run in the side. They are in real need of more firepower.”
“Only Manchester City and Chelsea have had more shots than Southampton, yet they have scored just 13 goals.”
Hassenhuttl lost his first game in charge of Southampton to Cardiff but despite the result, Redknapp revealed the Saints players are already impressed by what they’ve seen from the former RB Leipzig boss.
He added: “Their rivals are rallying, too. Cardiff — who beat them on Saturday — are starting to pick up points, Burnley got a vital win over Brighton and Huddersfield are improving.”
“Southampton players I speak to say they have been impressed by Hasenhuttl since he has arrived, but he will be judged on whether the players he brings in can inspire a turnaround.”