2 in, 2 out? Southampton squad update ahead of West Ham


2 in, 2 out? Southampton squad update ahead of West Ham2 in, 2 out? Southampton squad update ahead of West Ham

 

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has, on Thursday, provided an update on the status of his playing squad.

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The Saints will of course return to action this weekend.

As part of a hectic Boxing Day fixture list in the Premier League (albeit one which has already been stripped of two ties owing to Covid-19), Hasenhuttl and co. will make the trip to the English capital, for a showdown with West Ham United.

Southampton will head into proceedings no doubt desperate for a return to winning ways, having failed to secure a single 3-point haul since early November.

This spell of less-than-ideal form heading into the festive fixture list has seen the Saints fall to 15th in the Premier League table, in serious danger of being dragged into the relegation dogfight.

2 in, 2 out? Southampton squad update ahead of West Ham2 in, 2 out? Southampton squad update ahead of West Ham

Southampton’s English-born Albanian striker Armando Broja (L) scores his team’s opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Leeds United at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on October 16, 2021 (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Double boost

In turn, word of an altogether timely boost on the personnel front in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s ranks will no doubt be met with a collective smile on the part of the Southampton faithful.

Speaking in a press conference this afternoon, the club’s boss was drawn on the latest on the wellbeing of his squad, pre-West Ham.

Southampton have been just one of a host of Premier League clubs ravaged by injury problems of late, with the likes of Stuart Armstrong and Che Adams forced into spells on the sidelines.

Both key members of the Saints’ ranks, though, are in contention to feature on Sunday, having enjoyed full recoveries.

The news regarding Adam Armstrong and Fraser Forster, on the other hand, appears less positive, with both, as things stand, looking primed to miss out once more this weekend:

 

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Southampton 6/1
Draw 15/4 12/1

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 18 35 44
2 Liverpool FC 18 35 41
3 Chelsea FC 18 27 38
4 Arsenal FC 18 4 32
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 15 -1 26
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 18 -23 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 7
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 5



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