Southampton fans could have been forgiven for being incredibly worried when chairman Nicola Cortese let Nigel Adkins go in January this year.

He was replaced by former Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino, who had only been in football management for four years and is better known for his playing days which were mostly in La Liga with Espanyol.

He managed to stabilise Southampton who were almost in free-fall when he took charge. Pochettino managed to secure a respectable 14th place last season which can definitely be seen as a big success.

Southampton have hit the ground running this season. Pochettino, in effect, brought a new spine for the starting line-up. Victor Wanyama arrived from Celtic for £12.5m, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo was also bought from AS Roma for a club record fee of £15m and maybe the most important signing has been Croatian international defender Dejan Lovren, who has made a very encouraging start to his Saints career after his £8.5m switch from Zagreb.

Pochettino inherited the nationally renowned Southampton academy which has spawned players such as Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wayne Bridge to mention a few. Current players that came from the academy are defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, attacking midfielder James Ward-Prowse and centre midfielder Adam Lallana are all products of Southampton's Impressive youth development facility.

Southampton under Pochettino are one of many sides who have invested quite heavily this summer and are undoubtedly looking to push for a finish in the top six.

They blend a mixture of experience and youth very well and have found themselves in the top four places after the opening six games. Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez have carried on where they left off last season and their partnership up front is thriving.

The Saints have won three of their opening six games only losing one so far. If they keep up their good early form it would not be too much of a surprise to see them challenging for domestic honours come what May.

Who would have thought this early on they would be ahead of Manchester City, Liverpool and Man United. This is due to Pochettino investing wisely and you can be certain they will be looking to spend again in January.

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