Why the time left in the European transfer window is so important to Southampton FC.
In a comment by CEO Martin Semmens that has seemingly gone unnoticed by some, the importance of getting players out of the exit door before the September 2nd European deadline should not be underestimated.
The size of saints’ first team squad and the wage bill attached with that is not a sustainable one for a club of their stature.
The mistakes of the past regime in the transfer market, combined with some internal contract extension decisions is really starting to show it’s effect in the last few transfer windows.
Some good work has been done already this summer, with the likes of Charlie Austin departing for West Brom a higher earner on the fringes of the squad under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
However there is much more to still been done with less than 2 weeks remaining in the European transfer window.
The likes of Guido Carrillo, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Wesley Hoedt remain on the clubs books with no clear signs of their imminent departures.
These are the kind of players we need to be doing our up most to shift, they have been given high earning long term contracts & they are not part of the current first team plans.
The impact will be felt financially, as well as the atmosphere around the team with any unhappy players left hanging around Staplewood until January at the earliest.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has also stated his own desire, to work with a squad of around 22 players and working with a smaller group will allow him to the maximum from those players.
On top of those reasons if fans wish to see further investment into the side from the January window onwards, the club have been public in recent fans forums that we are operating on a sell to buy basis to allow the club to be run on a self sustaining basis.
A prime example was on premier league deadline day, as the £4 million pound sale of Charlie Austin allowed the club to bring in defender Kevin Danso on loan paying a reported £3.6 million loan fee.
I will be waiting on the news and rumours regarding any outgoings, between now and September 2nd with baited breath and hopefully we see a few more leave us between now and the deadline to help enable us to kick on in the market from January onwards.