SOUTHAMPTON manager Ronald Koeman is confident his team can end their current goal scoring struggles.
Currently fifth in the Premier League, Koeman’s men have scored just once in their last four games and have just one win to show over the same span as they chase a coveted Champions League spot.
Last Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool was compounded by the return of three former Saints who all walked away as victors over their former employer.
Still, the Dutchman believes his players possess the qualities required to score goals in the same manner that has kept Southampton near the top of the table all season.
Speaking with Official Saints, he said:
“We need more sharpness in the box.
“It’s not one striker or one player, we have to attack with the whole team and we have to defend with the whole team.
“The next two games are very important for our chances for the rest of the season.”
That stretch begins on Saturday against a West Brom side that’s kept three clean sheets over their last four outings in all competitions.
And unlike Saints, the Baggies haven’t struggled in front of goal, scoring eight goals in the same four game span, led by Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino three and two February goals, respectively.
Meanwhile, Berahino’s 10 league goals, eight of which have been scored at home, has him level with Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse and Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie.
The Southampton boss didn’t shy away from the tough test his team faces at the Hawthorns:
“It’s not easy to beat them because they have a lot of clean sheets and it’s a good organisation in defence.
“They’re very strong at set-pieces. That’s a big quality of theirs.”
With the top of the table bunching up – five points separating seventh from third – it is vital Southampton find a way to break out of their goal slump, including players like Graziano Pelle who has just one goal since the start of 2015.