Hasenhuttl ‘not scared’ Southampton don’t score enough goals

Date published: Friday 5th November 2021 12:59 - Dan Butterfield

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has claimed he is not worried by his sides lack of goals this season before claiming he is more concerned about clean sheets.

The Saints have only scored nine Premier League goals so far this season, a record that is only better than winless Norwich.

Southampton lost top-scorer Danny Ings to Aston Villa in the summer, replacing the forward with Adam Armstrong from Blackburn and bringing in Armando Broja on loan from Chelsea.

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Now, Saints boss Hasenhuttl has spoken about his sides lack of goals and his forward options.

“Maybe we had this season not the game with four or five goals like we had last season.

“Broja and Adam Armstrong are new and it takes a bit of time. Che Adams is in his third year in the Premier League, Nathan Tella is young and also new and we have only one experienced player in Shane Long.

“I am not scared we cannot score goals. We get better and better and I think the game will come where we will score more than one goal because in the last game we had a lot of chances.

“More important to me is clean sheets because then we only need one goal to win.”

Scotland forward Adams has scored in his last two outings and his manager is hopeful the 25-year-old will have gained some much-needed confidence.

“Not only him, it is always helpful for anyone when they score goals and decide games.

“This is, for a striker, important but for every other player it can be important.

“It was important for him after not playing, because Broja was in the first XI, to show up immediately and he did it and this is a good reaction I must say.”

Southampton will take on Ings and his Villa side on Friday night and the forward wasn’t the only Saints star that Dean Smith’s side were interested in.

Captain James Ward-Prowse was also linked with a move to Villa Park however, the deal never materialised.

Hasenhuttl has confirmed that their is nothing further to discuss on the topic.

“Not any more since the summer, since he signed his contract, when it was a topic until that moment.

“But it has definitely gone from that moment so there is nothing to discuss about this any more. Prowsey is our captain and that’s it.”


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