A better start for Saints
Four points on the board after the first two games of the season, and Southampton are enjoying a much better start to the new Premier League campaign than at their last attempt.
August 30th, 2013
The fixture list has served up a kinder start for the Saints this season and a lot has changed in the space of a year. After being thrown in at the deep end with England’s elite at the beginning of the last campaign, most of Southampton’s squad now have Premier League experience and the spine of the team has been strengthened with some quality signings over the summer.
The Saints have spent a grand total of £35 million and twice broken their transfer record this summer, bringing in Dejan Lovren (defence), Victor Wanyama (midfield) and Dani Osvaldo (forward) as they look to build on last season’s 14th-place finish. It’s early days for Osvaldo – having only completed his signing at the start of last week – but Lovren is looking like a great addition at the back, whilst Wanyama powerfully covers every blade of grass across the middle.
It’s not just the new signings who are giving fans plenty to talk about. Once again, the Southampton academy is adding to its already glowing reputation for producing quality young players as the likes of Lloyd Isgrove (20) and Calum Chambers (18) join Luke Shaw (18) and James Ward-Prowse (18) in the senior squad. All four players are British, which is another massive positive for the club.
If Southampton are to push on from last season’s 14th-place finish, then by keeping together their squad, strengthening the spine of their team and drip feeding in their latest young talents, they certainly look like achieving that.