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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Hasenhuttl wants his Saints to aim higher

Ralph Hasenhuttl
Ralph Hasenhuttl

Ralph Hasenhuttl intends to make sure Southampton finish where they deserve to in the Premier League next season in what will, hopefully, be a full campaign in charge.

Austrian Hasenhuttl has overseen some turnaround at St Mary's, having inherited a Saints side in December which had won only one game from the opening 14 league games under Mark Hughes.

With top-flight football guaranteed following the 3-3 draw with Bournemouth, Hasenhuttl wants his team to hit the ground running when the new season starts in August.

"If we make a few good signings in the summer and have a good start next season, we are in an area of the table that feels easier to develop the guys because you don't have that much pressure, and then you never know what happens," the Southampton boss said.

"Our first target is always to come as quickly as possible to 40 points and if we reach that, we can think about other targets."

Hasenhuttl aims to strengthen in the summer, with £15million-rated Birmingham forward Che Adams a target.

"I think everybody knows that, although we are following the 'Southampton Way', it's not possible to be successful without signing players," he said.

Saints travel to West Ham today to tackle another side who will be looking for upward progress next season.

"We have to find a good shape in this game. Tactically they are very committed and against Tottenham you see how much quality they have - good attacking players with speed," Hasenhuttl added.

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