Harry Redknapp has challenged Kenwyne Jones to force his hand this season. The Saints boss has already signed one striker this week and is currently looking for another.
But he may have the answer already within his own ranks in the Trinidad and Tobago international who hit a hat-trick to help Southampton beat Anderlecht 3-2 yesterday.
Jones has already proved he can handle the Coca-Cola championship on loan with Stoke last season and Redknapp is ready to give him his chance with Saints after a clinical treble.
Redknapp said: "Kenwyne Jones did OK. He took his goals very well and that will boost his confidence. "He ran out of steam towards the end and has to learn to be able to work for 90 minutes but he is big and strong and if he uses that power he will be a threat.
"If he becomes more aggressive and uses his skill with it then he can be a real asset. "I like him. He has got something, for sure. and he has every chance of being involved this year - but it is up to him.
"He now has the opportunity and has to grab it. This will do his confidence the world of good but it is up to him and how much he wants to be a player."
Jones has surely booked himself a starting spot against Wolves although Saints hope to have Ricardo Fuller available in attack if his work permit application can be heard on Thursday.
Dennis Wise sat out as a precaution with a tight hamstring while Nigel Quashie was again sidelined by a thigh strain. He is back running but not yet ready for full training.
Marian Pahars was ruled out by a bruised heel while Yoann Folly took a bang on a hip at Yeovil. Antti Niemi was missing for "personal reasons".