With the curtain falling on another season at St Mary’s, all supporters are in unanimous agreement that a beleaguered Saints squad needs surgery if they are to start marching on once more.

Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has repeatedly underlined the importance of an efficient player turnover in the transfer window. In January, the Austrian ruthlessly weeded out the players deemed to not fit his system. High profiled players such as Wesley Hoedt, Cedric Soares and Manolo Gabbiadini were told to pack their bags.
So, If the club are to make new signings to come through the Staplewood doors, who will be the victims that head in the opposition direction?
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Alex McCarthy:

Despite only penning a new four-year deal last summer, the Southampton shot-stopper could be on his way out of St Mary’s. With the ink not even dry on his new contract, Les Reed brought in the arrival of Angus Gunn, meaning Alex McCarthy was always swimming against the tide to retain his number 1 status.

In February, McCarthy was dropped by Ralph Hasenhuttl with Angus Gunn seemingly his firm favourite out of the pair. Perhaps unfairly, McCarthy found himself warming the bench, just months after picking up the Saints 2017/2018 player of the season award, almost single-handedly saving the team from relegation.
Having broken his way into the England squad last year and highlighting his Premier League quality between the sticks, the former Reading, QPR and Crystal Palace man would not be short of admirers if he was to search for regular first team action.
Approx Transfer Fee: £8-12 million


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Mario Lemina:

Following a stop-start campaign at Southampton, Mario Lemina is a possibility to leave this summer. Consistently flattering to deceive, Lemina has had an inconsistent, stuttering time on the south coast with injuries and form woes regularly rearing their head.
Whilst there is no doubting his natural talent and flair, the 25 year-old could simply be a case of coming to Southampton at the wrong time. In the current predicament the club finds itself in, the team may opt for the pragmatic element of consistent workhorses in the midfield rather than a racehorse who doesn’t quite complement those around them.
 Perhaps in years gone by in the Pochettino and Koeman era where they had riches of attacking talent at their disposal, Lemina would have been a better fit. However, with the likes of Oriol Romeu, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and James Ward-Prowse ahead in the pecking order, a potential return to Italy may be on the cards for Mario Lemina.
Approx Transfer fee: £20-25 million
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Charlie Austin:

Having almost left in January where Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed that Charlie Austin could move onto pastures new, the 29 year-old looks a sure bet to leave this time round. Playing only 246 minutes of Premier League football this year after turning down a move to the Championship in January, it is clear to see that the manager doesn’t see Austin fitting into his high-octane, pressing style.
Austin has become frustrated with his lengthy spells on the sidelines and could be actively seeking a move elsewhere. Accusations of a lack of professionalism relating to his work-ethic from sections of supporters, the Hungerford born man is in danger of becoming the forgotten forward with an incoming striker reportedly one of Southampton’s top priorities in the upcoming months.
Saints aren’t expected to make a loss on the striker though, having only signed him from QPR for £4 million in January 2016.
Approx Transfer fee: £5 Million

Other expected Casualties:

Fraser Forster: Made one appearance in 18 months and the Saints are keen to get one of their top earners off the wage bill.
Wesley Hoedt: Not been in his loan club’s match-day squad for 6 out of the past 8 fixtures and is set to end his short stint with Celta Vigo this summer. Hasenhuttl already said the Dutchman doesn’t fit into his system.
Cedric Soares: Dropped from Portugal squad for this summer’s Nations League tournament having only played 9 times for loan club Inter Milan. Yan Valery has dislodged Cedric as first choice right-back at the Saints.
 Sam McQueen: Injury cut short his stint on loan at Middlesborough and is 3rd choice left-back at Southampton.
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Jordy Clasie: The Dutch midfielder has become somewhat of a revolving door at Staplewood over the last three years. Coming in for the start of pre-season only to be shipped out days later, it is clear to see the club do not want him.
Mohamed Elyounoussi: Disastrous first season at the club and finds it difficult to even make Ralph Hasenhuttl’s bench. Could be looking to move him on and take a financial hit of his sale.
Sam Gallagher: It seems a long time ago since a fresh faced Gallagher started for then boss Maurico Pochettino at home to Arsenal. Injuries and loan spells have hindered development. Saints could be looking to move him on for good, reducing the wage bill.
 Guido Carrillo: The enigma of Southampton. Maurico Pellegrino’s January 2018 panic buy was just like chucking 19 million pounds into a fire. Despite given an unfair crack of the Premier League, featuring just six times, it was evident to see that Les Reed, in all his wisdom, got this signing drastically wrong and was harboured to Leganes for the 2018/2019 campaign.

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