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Southampton: New signings set to shine

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Southampton have splashed the cash in this current transfer window, with over £30m spent on bringing in three new faces.

Mauricio Pochettino broke the club record signing twice this transfer window in order to strengthen key areas of the team - defence, midfield and attack. But what will these three signings bring to the club?

The first piece of business was done within weeks of the transfer window opening, with Pochettino landing the Croatian Dejan Lovren for £8.5m from Lyon.

Many fans were calling for a new defender, given Southampton's poor defensive record last season in which they shipped no fewer than 60 goals in the league last season, with many of those seemingly avoidable.

As a seasoned international for Croatia (with 17 caps and counting), and Champions League experience to his name, the 24-year-old brings a much=needed calm and collected presence to the back four.

Though not without his disciplinary problems, having picked up two red cards in Ligue 1 last season, he should settle into the physical aspect of the league with ease.

His heading ability and passing out from the back, he looks able to pick up Southampton's passing and high pressure style quite quickly. In keeping a clean sheet on his competitive debut last weekend, he showed some real promise and looks to be a key fixture in the side this season.

Next came Saints first record signing of the summer in the Kenyan international captain, Victor Wanyama, with Pochettino splashing out around £12.5m for the midfielder.

Wanyama had attracted a number of European suitors after his impressive Champions League performances for Celtic last season, especially against Barcelona, but it was Southampton who caught his fancy.

In signing the first Kenyan to play in the Premier League, Saints have got a midfielder who is strong, with good vision, and the proverbial three lungs.

Primarily a defensive midfielder, Wanyama is know to storm up the pitch and get goals at the other end, as well as assisting many more. He looks set to partner the impressive Morgan Schneiderlin at the heart of Southampton's midfield, which could very well turn in to a potent force. With an impressive debut against West Brom, the powerful Kenyan should become a familiar face in the starting XI this season.

Southampton's latest purchase was none other than Italian-Argentine 'bad boy' Pablo Dani Osvaldo, for £15m from AS Roma.

The 27-year-old Italy international became Saints' second record-breaking signing of the summer, having beaten out the likes of Tottenham for his signature.

The controversial figure boasts an impressive goal return in both Italy and Spain, and previously worked with Pochettino at Espanyol. The hot-headed forward oozes class, but has a history of disciplinary issues, of which Pochettino will be all to weary of.

However, provided he can keep his head, he has the ability to form a deadly partnership with Rickie Lambert, and should be scoring goals in no time.

Overall, Southampton's signings seem to bring a new element into the team that finished 14th last season. Three quality players, all with Champions League experience, should settle into the Premier League relatively easily.

They strengthen each area of the team, and so it looks promising that Southampton's £30m+ gamble will pay off as the season rolls on.

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