Saints squad investments will gel
After the events that took place at Southampton over the summer, plenty of people were quick to write off the club's chances for the season ahead. Whilst talk of relegation by some was probably a little extreme, Saints fans could be forgiven for feeling nervous about the volume of changes to the squad that were taking place.
September 16th, 2014
Making that many changes in such a short period of time can easily disrupt the harmony of a squad. Players need time to gel with their new team mates, and it is widely accepted that a lot of players struggle to cope with the demands of the Premier League when they arrive from abroad. Luckily for Southampton fans there have been no signs of that happening at the club – despite nine players joining during the transfer window.
Graziano Pellè is one of those new Southampton signings playing his first season in the Premier League, and as a striker is probably under a bit more pressure than others to make a quick transition. He bagged 27 goals for Feyenoord last season, but with his £8 million transfer fee came the usual doubts about whether he could make the step up against a higher standard of opposition.
Of course the Italian target man’s job has been made easier due to the fact that the rest of the team are chipping in with goals too. After a four-year wait for his first Southampton goal Jack Cork has now scored 2 goals in his last 3 games, whilst fellow midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin netted his 3rd goal of the season against Newcastle at the weekend.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has seen his side go from strength to strength since their opening day defeat away to Liverpool. The Saints are now undefeated in their last four but face a difficult trip to the south of Wales, to face a Swansea side who will be full of confidence despite their first loss of the season at Chelsea.
Fingers crossed, we’re in for a cracker!