Ralph Hasenhuttl says he would sign TEN players now if he could but Southampton do not have the money to bring in reinforcements this month
- Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted his side are short of cash
- He opined his inability to sign new players and their reliance on youth players
- The Austrian’s comments came after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted his side don’t have the money to buy the players he wants after a 1-0 loss against Aston Villa.
Hasenhuttl was forced to play youth products Yan Valery and Jake Vokins – who has since left on loan – at full-back in a 3-1 loss at Arsenal on Tuesday and blooded another youngster on Saturdays evening.
Teenage midfielder Alex Jankewitz, 19, who has reportedly handed in a transfer request in a bid to leave the club, made his debut in a defeat by Dean Smith’s stubborn Villa side.
Southampton chief Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted his side are short of cash for new players
And Hasenhuttl admitted he could be forced to turn to more youth products in future rather than bolstering his relatively small, injury-hit squad with big-money signings.
He said post-match: ‘Good players cost a lot of money and we don’t have money. What should I tell you?
‘If it is up to me I take ten players now. It is not possible for us.
‘We brought [debutant midfielder Alex] Jankewitz in and next young lad who steps up now maybe has to play against Man United from the beginning.
‘That is the way we are working at the minute. That is the way we try to be competitive and not moaning about it.’
The Saints face a tough game up next with title challengers Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
The Austrian blooded 19-year-old midfielder Alex Jankewitz in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa