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Southampton fail to add to squad on deadline day

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Southampton failed to make any deadline day signings, despite manager Maurico Pochettino suggesting certain areas of the team needed strengthening.

Following the disappointing, albeit unlucky, defeat to Norwich last Saturday, the Southampton boss said: "We'll see, there’s a couple of areas that perhaps we need to reinforce in the side".

Despite allowing several players to leave St Mary's in the days leading up to deadline day, not one new signing materialised. It had been widely rumoured that the Saints were in for a new winger, with the hope of providing an injection of much-needed pace and width into the side. 

The combined transfers of Dejan Lovren, Vincent Wanyama and Dani Osvaldo provided an outlay of over £36m, yet the Southampton faithful were still hopeful of another marquee signing. 

Jason Puncheon, who impressed last term, was shipped out on loan to Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace whilst Emmanuel Mayuka, another player who is capable of playing out wide, was sent to Sochaux on a season-long loan also. 

Dani Osvaldo, the £15m club record signing from Italian Giants AS Roma, looked out of sorts in his first start for the club. The nomadic Italian twice forced John Ruddy into good saves early in the second half, but he soon faded away. Pochettino admitted Osvaldo and Rickie Lambert will take time to gel. But are they lacking in service from the wide men?

Pochettino's dealings have certainly left the Saints lacking in wide attacking options, with Gaston Ramirez and Adam Lallana the only remaining recognised wide players - although both of whom prefer to play in a more central role. 

Southampton have been known to, and like to pride themselves on, allowing young, homegrown talent to flourish in the first team. Perhaps this is another masterstroke from the South Coast club. Will we will see them unearth the next Gareth Bale or Theo Walcott in the coming season?

With Lloyd Isgrove and Omar Rowe waiting in the wings, they're certainly not short of potential suitors. Both of the above have impressed in the Under 18s and development squads and are just awaiting a chance to impress.

These youngsters should be encouraged by the exposure to first-team football that the current crop of players have been given. Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prowse, and most recently Callum Chambers, have all been given opportunities to stake their claims for a place in the team.

There are plenty of clubs that can learn a lesson from the way in which Southampton have conducted their business this summer. Although many Saints fans would have liked to have seen at least one more signing, the future is looking promising for Pochettino's young side. 

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