Southampton’s rise from League 1 to Premier League continued last season as Mauricio Pochettino guided his young and energetic Southampton side to eighth in the league, just one place behind Manchester United.
Since the end of the season, much has gone on at St Mary’s, including the departure of Pochettino and the departure of 6 key players, bringing in over £90m. New boss Ronald Koeman has started to replace these players but can Southampton be as good?
Key Player: Jay Rodriguez is key to Southampton’s success. He was scoring goals for fun last season until his terrible injury ended his season and his chances of a World Cup place. Southampton fans will be hoping that he can fully recover from injury and rediscover his goal scoring touch.
Fraiser Forster – £10m (Celtic)
Graziano Pelle – £8.8m (Feyenoord)
Dusan Tadic – £10m (FC Twente)
Saphir Taider – Loan (Inter Milan)
Ryan Bertrand – Loan (Chelsea)
Ricky Lambert – £4m (Liverpool)
Adam Lallana – £25m (Liverpool)
Dejan Lovren – £20m (Liverpool)
Luke Shaw – £27m (Manchester United)
Callum Chambers – £16m (Arsenal)
Dani Osvaldo – Loan (Inter Milan)
Last season’s Premier League finish: 8th
Predicted League Finish: 11th
Southampton have made some good signings, with England goalkeeper Fraiser Forster being one of the standout signings. However the have lost so much quality in Ricky Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw that it is hard to see their eighth placed finish being repeated this season. The St Mary’s Faithful will be hoping the new additions can gel quicky.