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.