Southampton latest news: 'Achilles heel' has become 'biggest worry' after £25m deal

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl on the touchline

Journalist Tom Barclay has claimed that it is not easy to see where Southampton's goals are going to come from at the moment.

The Saints sold striker Danny Ings for £25m to Aston Villa in August, and have struggled in front of goal ever since.

What's happened to Southampton's attackers this season?

Southampton finished down in 15th place last term, but still managed to score 47 goals in the league, more than any other side in the bottom half, except Villa. Ings was their top scorer with 12 top-flight goals, and he has clearly been missed in the opening weeks of the current campaign.

The South Coast club replaced the 29-year-old with Adam Armstrong, but he has found the net just once since arriving from Blackburn, while fellow forward Che Adams is yet to get off the mark this season.

Overall, Southampton have scored just five times in their opening seven league matches, with two of those being James Ward-Prowse penalties, and one being an own goal by Manchester United's Fred.



What has Barclay said about it?

Barclay believes that Southampton's lack of firepower up front is the biggest issue that manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is having to deal with right now.

When asked by GIVEMESPORT about whether there are any major concerns at the club, Barclay responded by saying: “It comes back to the biggest worry about Southampton this season, where are the goals going to come from? And that is proving their biggest Achilles heel.”

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Can Southampton turn things around in front of goal?

They will have the opportunity to do just that this weekend when they host Leeds United.

Marcelo Bielsa's men have shipped 14 Premier League goals already this season - only Newcastle and Norwich (both 16) have conceded on more occasions. With this in mind, Southampton may feel that they can improve their goals-per-game ratio tomorrow afternoon.

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However, they will have to do so without two key players, as Adams has been ruled out through injury, while Ward-Prowse starts his three-match ban after being sent off against Chelsea earlier this month.

They are two members of the team who Southampton would usually rely on to deliver the goods in the final third, so it is undoubtedly a blow for them that neither man is available.

Instead, the side will be hoping that the likes of Armstrong and Nathan Redmond can step up in their absence, as they go in search of their first league win of the 2021/22 season.

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