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Southampton fans want Shane Long starting ahead of Charlie Austin and Graziano Pelle

We asked the question and the Saints faithful responded in kind: Shane Long is the man Southampton fans want spearheading the team's attack.

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Much has been made of Southampton signing Charlie Austin and how he will affect the plans of Ronald Koeman and how his Saints side will line up in attack for the second half of the season.

With Southampton's attacking options largely relying on a sole. central striker in between two wingers/wide forwards in Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane, it remains unclear who will line up on Saturday.

At the time of writing (with ten hours left of the poll), 174 Saints fans kindly participated in the poll and informed us who they'd like to see start for Southampton on Saturday.

47% of those who voted opted for Shane Long to be the focal point of the Saints attack. Charlie Austin is a close second with 42%, while poor Graziano Pelle seems to have been forgotten altogether with just 11% of the vote.

Long managed to beat Austin in the polls having spearheaded Saints' attack in their last few games since Pelle suffered a knee injury. He has been particularly impressive in speedy, menacing showings such as Southampton's Boxing Day demolition of Arsenal and Saints' two wins last week over West Bromwich Albion and Watford.

However, I'd just like to warn that Ronald Koeman isn't likely to listen to your advice. Last week, Saints fans were almost unanimous in saying they'd rather see Oriol Romeu start against West Brom than Victor Wanyama. But, the Dutch coach inexplicably picked the mighty Kenyan instead.

Sorry to disappoint.