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Southampton, harder than it looks


The countless departures and scabrous Branch Management plunged Saints in uncertainty. Nevertheless, with a brilliant campaign friendlies, a coach who is unanimity within the group and undercutting players, Southampton can continue to stay in the top 10.


200 million euros. This is approximately the amount received by Southampton in recent weeks between TV rights last year (95 million) and sales of players (nearly 100 million, given that the negotiations were tight, leaving little room for bonus over several years and Staging payments, except for Calum Chambers ). This windfall will allow executives to repay the various loans and debts contracted including the construction of the new training center. To invest heavily in the transfer market, no.


Of course, there will still be a few recruits and millions will be swallowed up. But this is inherent in the Premier League and even a club with deep pockets, which does not place him in a position of strength in a transaction to buy or pay a player. To avoid squandering the loot, the President sends Ralph Krueger elsewhere ... Chief Financial Officer meet agents or clubs. It has also been seen in the west of France recently and not to take up in a bar in Nantes (note, no player should join the NCF Southampton because Djilobodji not get his work permit, having not played enough games with the Senegal last two years and do not yet have the French dual nationality).


Saints strategy is simple : to reinvest a little bit, just to keep a strong enough team to target the top 10 and please the fans and Koeman, while abusing the short-term solutions (ready) or economic processes, to track players Netherlands (Tadic Pellè), Romania (Gardos) or Celtic, with whom negotiations are still underway for Fraser Forster, goalkeeper. then, of course, to find a wealthy buyer.


Clyne, Fonte, Cork, Ward-Prowse and Davis are not painters

In fact, do not worry beyond measure for the Saints. Politics is emetic, certainly, but no more than anywhere else. Ask Hull City, West Ham or QPR. Sportingly, all sales Dam necessarily the potential of one of the most attractive teams last year with Adam Lallana arabesques' s, where the whole country is still wondering how Roy Hodgson was able to prefer Welbeck to lead the wing Right in the World.


Morgan Schneiderlin may leave at the end of the transfer window. Ralph Krueger, the president deliberately waited because Southampton has received offers. Jay Rodriguez's case is similar except that it does not have as many applications as the French


However, Southampton still enjoys his Academy with the expected emergence of James Ward-Prowse in a more central position. Used as a right midfielder / quarterback by Pochettino, including its poison centers and impeccable downturn, its future seems at the heart of midfield where he can alternate short passes, openings and distant strikes. At his side, the versatile Steven Davis, captain of Northern Ireland, is not a penguin. Announced replacement, he always manages to earn its place as runner or right.

The same goes for Jack Cork whose tactical intelligence is infinitely superior to Wanyama, destructive in-chief who has lost some muscle mass to better meet the pace up & down from the Premier League (note, in Scotland, as in D2 or D3 English is almost always the same rhythm, very strong, and not highlight / low time with highlights going even faster as the Premier League).


But above all, Ronald Koeman has melted perfectly into the group. Funny, outgoing and methodical, it enjoys great popularity in-house, which was not easy given the aura enjoyed Pochettino. If there is overcrowding in the shaft, which désengorgera late August if Morgan Schneiderlin leaves out the club - it's always his will - the Dutchman will be using it wisely with three circles and many permutations before NB: Southampton wants to recruit a goalkeeper (Fraser Forster Celtic), a central defender (Steaua Bucharest Gardos just signed) and an offensive player, winger preference. We did not put Morgan Schneiderlin because his departure is still more than likely at the end of the transfer window. On Jay Rodriguez is a little less certain, but it is still recovering. If he stays, he will hold to one side to dive into the back fenders.


Player to watch

Graziano Pellè Graziano Pellè (29, forward) is the only recognized striker Saints, his replacements being Emmanuel Mayuka and hope Sam Gallagher. Revealed by Koeman to Feyenoord, the Italian was revered in Rotterdam, scorant 55 goals 66 games! Solid, good back to goal and adroit in the penalty area, he played in a different style that Lambert even though his physique is comparable.


Discover a great portrait here.



The lack of players aside. In preparation, it's Lloyd Isgrove (21 years, Welsh international U21) who is stuck with the left flank. Winger on loan to Peterborough (D2) last year (7 games), will be included in the rotation. If Davis or Ward-Prowse can help on the wings, they are not punchers as called loved Koeman system: 4-3-3. Quite the opposite of Dusan Tadic , the big summer investment that will be monitored.


Behind only Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne are lateral business, leaving the young left-back Matt Targett (18 ) as the first alternate. All this also has another setback, competition for positions in central defense and media is too large Saphir Taider recently on loan from Inter, may allow the team to have a playmaker -. Even if it may change a little lower - but will jump? Wanyama, one of the biggest transfers of the club's history? Cork, the very kind of soldier? Davis, Ward-Prowse?

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