Since Mauricio Pochettino's arrival at St Mary's in January, Southampton have looked a rejuvenated side with fresh impetus.

This was underlined with impressive wins over Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in in the latter stages of last season as the Saints consolidated themselves in the Premier League.

As this summer's transfer window opened they moved quickly to snap up Croatian star Dejan Lovren - a bold centre-back who will add a wealth of experience and quality to the Saints backline. 

The club have also enquired about the likes of Leanardo Damiao and Victor Wanyama - with the latter becoming Pochettino's latest recruit. 

Southampton officially confirmed the signing of Wanyama yesterday with the reported £12.5 million transfer fee exciting Saints fans.

This signing underlined the ambition of Nicola Cortese and the board. The Saints are now relatively settled in the Premier League and are looking to create a brand of exciting attacking football through acquiring several big names and building on the foundations laid towards the close of last season.

Wanyama offers Southampton something slightly different in the fact that he's not your typical "pass and move" midfielder. He's a tough tackling, no-nonsense midfielder who is very reliable. 

His ability was demonstrated in the group stages of last year's UEFA Champions League when he took on Barcelona's infamous midfield in the form of Busquets, Xavi and Iniesta. 

He broke down their play moving the ball forwards, he also chipped in with a powerful header at the back post demonstrating his goalscoring ability.

Southampton's probable midfield this season will consist of a combination of Morgan Schneiderlin, Jason Puncheon, Adam Lallana, Gaston Ramirez, Jack Cork and Steven Davis.

The introduction of Wanyama will allow Southampton's attacking talents to progress further with his duties likely to be defensively orientated. 

Wanyama will be tasked with breaking down play in the middle of the park and then potentially assisting in the creation of any counter-attacking play.

The acquisition of Wanyama provides means of excitement for Saints fans and I would not be surprised to see the Kenyan star take the Premier League by storm next year.

He has unquestionable ability and coupled by strong surrounding midfield players, Wanyama is my "one to watch" for the 2013/14 Premier League season.

 

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