Southampton, if they are not very careful now, will be a Championship side next season.
The Saints have just not got going at any point this year in the Premier League and now they are in need of a late turnaround and some serious luck to stay afloat.
Whatever division they are in next season, though, they will need to strengthen in the transfer window and we’ve been thinking about whether Matej Vydra would be a welcome arrival at the club.
Here are our writers’ verdicts on any deal for the 20-goal attacker…
This all depends on what strikers depart St Mary’s in the summer, and of course, whether they stay in the Premier League or not.
If the Saints do go down, Vydra would be a wise signing.
He’s been banging in the goals for Derby this season, and knows the Championship inside out.
Absolutely, he’d be a great signing for the Saints.
Vydra’s form this season has been magnificent and he will be on the radar of a few when the summer comes around.
Southampton could well find themselves in the Championship alongside Vydra and Derby next season, which could make a move difficult.
If Southampton could guarantee that Vydra can replicate this season’s scoring form, it would be worth a hefty transfer fee.
If Southampton are relegated, they need to sign players with experience of the Championship.
Vydra has been playing in the second tier for quite a while and he is a proven goal scorer when in form.
If the Saints lose Charlie Austin, they will still have one of the best attacks in the Championship with Matej Vydra sitting behind Shane Long.
He’d be a decent signing if they go down.
Southampton have a lot of options up front so he wouldn’t be a priority until a few players leave.
However, he should be easily able to fit into the way the Saints want to play and has proven over the years he is very good at this level.
Southampton have struggled in the scoring department over the past few seasons even though they create a lot.
He would be a good addition to bring in if they are willing to build around him especially if they do get relegated.