Hasenhuttl Linked With Striker Reunion
Wednesday, 1st May 2019 16:21
With Saints clearly in the market for a striker in the summer, we are going to be linked with every attacking player in Europe and beyond, but the latest name put forward has played under the Austrian before.
Jean-Kevin Augustin of RB Leipzig played for Ralph Hasenhuttl last season after joining the German club from PSG in his native France, his first season there under Hasenhuttl saw him a regular in the squad, starting 14 games plus another 11 as a sub with a further 6 as an unused substitute in the Bundesliga, scoring 9 times plus a further 5 assists.
But since the Austrian departure he has fared less well in his second season and in recent games he has been an unused substitute and since the restart after the winter break he has managed a paltry 36 minutes of action from 5 appearances from the bench.
He had started the season well, 3 goals in his first 5 appearances at the start of the season seemed to indicate that he was starting where he had left off the previous term, but then something went wrong and he found himself more and more on the bench with little game time and he has not scored since that opening burst back in September.
So perhaps RB Leipzig will be looking to recoup the £15 million or so they paid in the summer of 2017 and Hasenhuttl would be their first port of call.
Certainly Augustin suits the way the Austrian wants to get Saints playing being described as having " pace, explosiveness and finishing ability, Augustin also has the energy to press high and hassle down opposition defenders on the ball, that is just the type of player Hasenhuttl will be keen to sign.
The question will be how much he costs, the German club will be looking to at least recoup their money on Augustin, perhaps they would be willing to take a small loss which might make him an attractive proposition as opposed to a bidding war for Che Adams, but with 3 years left on his contract are RBL looking at this season as a blip or do they see him as surplus to requirements.
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