Southampton FC 2017/18

Some Premier League clubs are run by dreamers. Quite often you’ll hear about owners and chairmen who talk about cracking the Champions League when their club should be more worried about avoiding relegation.

Southampton are the antithesis of that overly ambitious style of football management.

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The Saints have invested heavily in their scouting network, their training ground and their youth set up with the long term plan to continue getting better, little by little.

So far everything is going to plan. Since winning promotion to the Premier League in 2012, Southampton have never seriously been threatened by relegation and despite a massive turnover of players and even managers, the Saints remain a highly competitive top flight side year on year.

By the high standard that Southampton set, last season was a little disappointing. On the face of it there is nothing wrong with getting to the final of the League Cup and finishing eighth but the style of football just wasn’t inspiring under Claude Puel.

Southampton are used to seeing their managers move on to other clubs and they showed their own ruthless streak this summer to replace Puel with Mauricio Pellegrino. The Argentine was told that the club would not be selling any of their key players in the summer and so far they’ve remained true to that.

There is every chance that Virgil van Dijk will leave before the end of the transfer window but the Saints have already signed quality players in the shape of Jan Bednarek and Mario Lemina so they look set for another season looking above them rather than below.

Squad List

  • Fraser Forster
  • Alex McCarthy
  • Stuart Taylor
  • Cedric Soares
  • Maya Yoshida
  • Florin Gardos
  • Virgil van Dijk
  • Ryan Bertrand
  • Jack Stephens
  • Matt Targett
  • Jan Bednarek
  • Jordy Clasie
  • Steven Davis
  • Oriol Romeu
  • James Ward-Prowse
  • Sofiane Boufal
  • Nathan Redmond
  • Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
  • Sam McQueen
  • Jake Hesketh
  • Dusan Tadic
  • Jeremy Pied
  • Shane Long
  • Charlie Austin
  • Sam Gallagher
  • Manolo Gabbiadini
  • Joshua Sims

Season Predictions

Southampton certainly have the quality to finish above most of their Premier League rivals but there is little chance of them making much of an impact on the top six.

The Saints would love to get back into Europe. They’ve got enough about them to make a real push for seventh spot but will face a big challenge from Everton, Leicester and West Ham.

The St Mary’s crowd are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking their favourite players. They’ve got several stars to support but Manolo Gabbiadini could prove to be the Saints’ most important player in the coming season, especially if van Dijk gets his wish and leaves the south coast.

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Southampton to finish in the top half at 8/13 with Sky Bet

Southampton to finish with under 51 points at 6/4 with Bet365

Manolo Gabbiadini to be Southampton’s top goalscorer at 11/10 with Betway