Time and time again we hear about the dreaded 'second season syndrome'.

Regardless of how a well a newly-promoted side does in their first season back in the Premier League, 'second season syndrome' is always out to make life a lot more difficult next time round.

One club, however, who look likely to overcome it is Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton.

Months ago there was a sense of worry amongst the Saints fans when Nigel Adkins was sacked after working wonders at the club.

Pochettino's appointment left some fans fearing and in some instances, expecting the worst. He had a massive point to prove but he did just that, leading the club to a 14th place finish.

Now Southampton look to be heading for bigger and better things due to the calibre of the players that have been brought in.

Gaston Ramirez sparked this off six months ago with his £12 million move to St Mary's, after choosing to snub many of Europe's big clubs in favour of a switch to the south coast.

This summer we have seen both Dejan Lovren and, more recently, Victor Wanyama join the club after being previously linked with the likes of AC Milan and Manchester United respectively.

Just 12 months ago the idea of a big-name player choosing to join Southampton would have been laughable. But now they are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Only time will tell just how good their new men are, but with Southampton emerging as a popular choice for some top talent, the club's future looks very bright and The Saints are certainly marching on in the right direction.


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