After a host of key players left Southampton FC this summer, not many would have expected the club to be sitting pretty at second place on the Barclays Premier League Table, as they are right now. But, thanks to an impressive all-round performance, the club has made the impossible possible.
In the wake of their former manager Mauricio Pochettino, who left the Saints to take the reins at Tottenham Hotspur last summer, a massive exodus took place at the club. As many as 10 players, including some of the key players like Lallana, Lambert, Lovren and Shaw, left the club.
The club, without a manger and having lost so many players in a single summer, seemed to in complete disarray. As a result, many bookies earmarked Southampaton has one of the favorites to be relegated this season. However, what followed next was completely beyond anyone’s expectations.
After the appointment of Ronald Koeman as their manager, the club used the 88 million which they received from the sales of the players to buy seven new recruits to the tune of 56.7 million. And thus began the Saints’ revolution.
They are currently second in the League Table, just four points below leaders Chelsea. Southampton have won eight games, drawn once and lost just twice from the 11 games they have played this season. Going into the international break, they sit ahead of giants such as Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Among the many new signings, the one that grabbed the limelight was that of Graziano Pelle for an estimated 8 million. Pelle has found the back of the net six times and has assisted twice for the Saints this season.
Most of the credit, however, should go to the manager Ronald Koeman for the way he has set up his team. After the summer debacle, they could have easily stumbled and lost their way, but thanks to Koeman they were able to get their act together and are taking everyone by surprise.
Saints have conceded only one goal in the league at home this campaign. Altogether, they have conceded just five goals in 11 games, which is the least in the league. Besides, they have scored 23 goals in the process and have an impressive goal difference of 18, which is higher then that of league leaders Chelsea.
If this trend continues, making into European places will become more than reality for the club. Only time will tell where they are bound to finish in the League this campaign, but for now their fans can rightly celebrate this remarkable turnaround.
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