Where Does Pablo Daniel Osvaldo Fit In Southampton's Plans?

By Stowe Gregory
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Southampton‘s latest edition Pablo Daniel Osvaldo also happens to be their record signing with a reported fee of £15 million. But where does Osvaldo fit into Southampton’s plans?

What does it mean for the rest of the squad? With Ricky Lambert in fine form and his career at an all-time high, you would hope and expect that his place in the Southampton side must be a certainty. However, Southampton’s strategy in recent years has been drastic at times in order to further the club’s future.

Just take a look at Kelvin Davis and former manager Nigel Adkins if you want evidence. However, I can’t see Lambert’s place being under any serious pressure just yet. He finds the goals on a regular occurrence. He is the main threat in their team.

It is a huge signing for Southampton though, really. Jay Rodriguez has struggled for Premier League goals, so another option (and a very a talented one) could push them on further. With the likes of Victor Wanayama also arriving in the summer, Southampton seem on the right track for a fairly high finish, if all goes according to plan. Their defense, however, is more of an issue.

Osvaldo hasn’t exactly got the best goal-scoring record, but having worked under Saints’ manager Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol, there is a chance that things will gel together quickly. I can see Osvaldo doing well at the St Mary’s, but I don’t think he’ll be as big a star as the price tag suggests — not this season anyway.

We’ll wait and see, but in a squad full of equally talented attacking individuals, there is the chance for someone to really stand out if they take their chances.

Stowe Gregory is an English featured Soccer and Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him or tweet on Twitter @stowegregory. Or add to circles on Google +

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