Southampton FC has had a summer offseason full of transfers, only all these transfers have been away from the club. Southampton has transferred away stars Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and a variety of other key pieces. Last season Southampton proved they can contend in the ever challenging English Premier League and potentially make European Football this upcoming season. Now with the loss of these key players Southampton must use a combination of their young core and the ability to attract players to their team if they want to contend yet again. Their first need is to find a replacement for former captain Adan Lallana. A great fit for the Saints would be Everton's Ross Barkley though it appears a move to Manchester City is in his near future. Manchester City might hold the answer in the lad Jack Rodwell. Rodwell is looking for a move away from his current club and the commanding midfielder could be a young leader for the Saints. As for the back line the loss of Luke Shaw will be felt both defensively and offensively as Shaw was able to run up and down the pitch and help control the flow of the game. A short term replace my might be found in Sevilla's Alberto. The Spanish youngster has great speed down the line and can have great contributions for Southampton's offense. Alberto May not have the commanding presence on defense as Shaw but he can learn to fit in well. We won't be able to tell the faint of the beloved Saints in till the season begins and anymore Premier League moves will be monitored.
All the blame must be put on the organization itself. What team sells off their entire core of players in one window? I understand that inevitably, some players would have left but like everyone has said, Southampton did not reject any offers made for their players. I understand that they can replenish their squad through their youth system and through attracting talents but it doesn't seem like they are interested in making many acquisitions. Additionally, even if they were interested in making many acquisitions , I would believe that this team would struggle because it would be a transitional period for the new players that were bought and promoted . I really can't see them improving on their position last season unless they really start to spend and spend wisely but even so , their core that was so familiar with each other have left and it would still be difficult with new signings. As for the Ross Barkley suggestion, I feel that this move is highly unlikely because Everton will not sell for a modest fee and Barkley has become an important member of the team.
Moreno is an interesting suggestion and would be a very good acquisition but I feel the likelihood of such a deal is next to impossible because Sevilla will look to get as much money as possible from this transfer and bigger clubs than Southampton are said to be interested in the youngster.
I really can't say I know how Southampton will do but I would be genuinely impressed and flabbergasted if they maintained or improved their exploits this season.
Cheers to a new season!!
by TravelMonkey 9 years ago
Does anyone think Manchester city will become the new Chelsea and start dominating the Prem League?I'm not sure they will, they might break into the top 4, replacing Liverpool but the top teams already have solid foundations with Chelsea and Manchester United having an almost inpenetrable fixed...
by hbajwa 7 years ago
Now I know they have signed some quality players in yaya toure and david silva? But can Man City honestly mount a challenge for the title? Id like to know what you think? weather they can break into that top four this season or should they be aiming for the title?
by James Bailey 7 years ago
In a season where Arsenal should have won the league, all that was needed was a goalkeeper and a decent centre back. Is it time to let Arsene step upstairs and do what he does best? bring the kids through.
by James Kenny 10 months ago
Why is the English Premier League so popular?
by I am DB Cooper 6 years ago
Big news from the commish's office today, as Saints head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for a full season for his role in Gregg Williams' bounty program. Williams, who is currently the Rams defensive coordinator, has been suspended indefinitely. The Saints general manager and assistant coach...
by LakeShow T 7 years ago
Being that my game already happened on Thursday between the Vikings and Saints, the remaining game that I am most looking forward to is the Monday night game:Baltimore Ravensvs.New York JetsBoth teams were amongst the most active in the NFL off season. In fact, I would say these are the two teams...
|HubPages Device ID|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Google Analytics|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel|
|Google Hosted Libraries|
|Google AdSense Host API|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels|
|Author Google Analytics|
|Amazon Tracking Pixel|