Southampton have confirmed the signing of striker Guido Carrillo from Monaco – putting Shane Long’s place in the team in serious jeopardy.
Long has only scored one goal in almost a year of football for club and country, and although Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino likes his energy up front, it stands to reason that the new club-record £19m (€21.7m) signing will be Southampton’s intended first choice.
The 26-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at St. Marys, and moves to the Premier League after a relatively productive two-and-a-half-year spell at Monaco in which he scored 21 goals in 95 games in all competitions and was pat of the side that won Ligue 1 in the 2016/17 season.
Southampton have struggled under Pellegrino this season and currently find themselves embroiled in the Premier League relegation battle. Their forwards have had a particularly rough time of it – with Charlie Austin out injured, the other forwards Long and Manolo Gabbiadini have found the net just four times between them over the course of the campaign.
Southampton are in FA Cup action against Watford on Saturday, which means that fans will likely not have long to wait to see their new man in action.
For Long meanwhile, having lost his place in the Ireland starting eleven to Daryl Murphy last year, he now faces another battle to keep his place in Southampton’s lineup.