Mauricio Pellegrino is considering starting Manolo Gabbiadini and Guido Carrillo together for the first time in tomorrow’s crunch relegation clash at Newcastle.

Club record signing Carrillo has established himself as a target man striker in the side, but has yet to deliver a goal for his new team.

There has been a clamour for Gabbiadini to get a start too, and while Pellegrino is unlikely to change formation and play two up front, there is a chance that the Italian may well play as the number ten off of Carrillo.

He said: “Yes I consider. Always we consider a lot of options.

“Obviously why I think the moment is important is because when you have more pressure in the box and in every single decision if you are stronger in one side you are a little bit weaker on one side.

“It is one possibility.”

He added: “It’s one possibility because they played against Burnley the last minute a little bit more.

“It depends on the moment of the game.

“We have played with two strikers other games and different profiles of players and it’s one possibility.”

There were hints that the two might form a strong partnership when Pellegrino played Gabbiadini in a role off of Carrillo as Saints chased the game at Burnley.

It was Carrillo whose physical presence and knockdown picked out Gabbiadini to convert the late equaliser.

With Saints facing a run of away games, starting at St James’ Park tomorrow, Pellegrino needs to balance the risk to reward ratio.

“When you feel that your starting 11 is a risk this has to be in some moment at the end of the game or you have to break the game if you don’t have other options like we did against Burnley where we put four strikers because we were losing,” said the Saints boss.

“The other day the last 30 minutes because we were controlling the possession totally in the other half.

“Ok, we could win but also we could lose because we can see a couple of counter attack.

“Nobody wants to play this type of game where it’s up and down.

“The important thing is when you are dominating you are solid but also you are creating problems.”