Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl doesn’t fear exodus but warns his players that the grass may not be greener elsewhere
- Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl stressed he doesn’t fear an exodus
- Hasenhuttl warned his players that the grass may not be greener elsewhere
- 51-year-old hinted Nathan Redmond could be good enough for a top four club
Ralph Hasenhuttl does not fear an exodus of players but warned that the grass may not be greener away from Southampton.
The club has produced an enviable amount of talent and have sold Virgil van Dijk and Dusan Tadic to Champions League semi-finalists Liverpool and Ajax, respectively, in the past 16 months.
The Saints sealed survival thanks to Hasenhuttl dramatically improving the likes of Jan Bednarek, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse, the latter earning his second England cap in March two years after his first.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has warned his players that the grass may not be greener elsewhere
Asked if Redmond could play for a top four club, Hasenhuttl said: ‘I think when you look at the last games a few players showed up that they can be an option for a bigger club. You never know.
‘At the moment I am not afraid somebody is knocking on my door and saying they want to leave.
‘If this moment will come everybody knows they have a good value and they cost a lot of money but so far we have nothing to hurry.
Hasenhuttl suggested that winger Nathan Redmond could be an option for a top four club
‘They have contracts for mid or long term and at the moment they feel here is something growing and building up and that is always nice for a player, to play in a team that works together and is successful.’
Hasenhuttl could give some of his fringe players an outing at West Ham on Saturday, with the Austrian saying: ‘I think a few players maybe didn’t get enough chance to show me and that is maybe the option now to give them a chance.
‘You never get ten or 15 chances in your life, you get three or four maximum and then you must show up.
‘That’s also something I have in my mind to give them a chance to show up again.’
After taking on West Ham, Southampton will conclude their campaign next weekend with a home game against Huddersfield.
Southampton are currently in 16th place in the table.