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Can Southampton avoid second-season syndrome?

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, backed by the financial muscle of the Liebherr family and the support of executive chairman Nicola Cortese, has made a statement of intent in his pursuit of Celtic powerhouse Victor Wanyama.

Pochettino has also confirmed an interest in Internacional striker Leandro Damiao, whilst also proclaiming that Valencia midfielder Ever Banega is a player that he would love to add to an already talented squad at St. Mary's.

This is a refreshing show of intent and ambition from the south coast club. Although they may be pipped to Damiao by the more celebrated Napoli, the original bid and negotiations with Internacional showcase Pochettino's desire to recruit quality. 

There is also a keen aspiration to avoid the dreaded 'second-season' syndrome, which most notably has seen Hull City and QPR recently plummet back to the Championship after a successful first season in the Premier League.

The Argentinian realises that in order to do this, not only must he bring in quality, he must keep hold of his best and most talented players from last season, which it looks like he will do. 

Luke Shaw has been tied down to a new five-year contract, whilst keeping hold of Gaston Ramirez, Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will be just as important as adding to the squad.

Wanyama, 22, will provide a solid foundation in the middle of the park, in which Southampton can build upon. He has proven himself to be able to play at the top level, with impressive performances in the Champions League against European powerhouses Benfica and Barcelona. 

He will further compliment the flair and guile of the likes of Schneiderlin, Ramirez and winger Adam Lallana, giving them a base that will further allow them to showcase their already developing talents.

Between holding on to his most talented commodities and bringing in the likes of Wanyama, with more expected, Southampton are likely to have more than enough to seal a comfortable mid-table finish. 

This will be Pochettino and Cortese's aim, as they attempt to set in motion their plan of launching Southampton into a stable Premier League club, with an assault on an elusive European spot within the next five years, should they keep their talented young squad intact.


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