So what do Southampton need before the season starts? 1

It’s worth remembering, that even with all this Summer’s sales and departures, the side below is still available to Ronald Koeman for opening day:

Nobody can argue that the club haven’t lost a lot of talent, and in Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez they are likely to lose a bit more before the window shuts, but if the above represents the baseline from which the spending will now start, then how can anyone believe that the club is going to finish anywhere below mid-table - and that eleven would still leave Gaston Ramirez sitting on the bench.

Left-back is clearly a problem - some of the club’s fans are making positive noises about Matt Targett, but I have never seen him play - and Maya Yoshida is not quite good enough for Premier League football.  Spend wisely on those positions, factor in whatever developing talent is lurking beneath the surface, and that would constitute a solid first-eleven with reasonable squad depth.

Saphir Taider is on the verge of joining on-loan from Inter Milan and three or four new faces will inevitably follow him.  Worry about teams like West Ham, Villa, West Brom, Sunderland and the newly-promoted clubs before casting doubt over Southampton’s future.

They will be absolutely fine - people forget, last season’s side was built on a fairly solid foundation and not just around those who have now departed.

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