Southampton have had a magnificent start to the season and are currently in fourth place - so is their start to the season alarming for all those targeting top four finishes?
Many questioned the departure of Nigel Adkins but the chairman felt it was time to bring in a fresh face. Mauricio Pochettino was given the opportunity and has exceeded all expectations so far. The Argentine has improved up on the footballing philosophy at St Mary's and has his team playing smart, attractive football.
He also made some significant changes in the summer transfer window, bringing in the trio of Victor Wanyama, Dejan Lovren and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo.
All of his big money signings have Champions League experience and are proven top players; but is there a story behind the recruitment process?
Pochettino is targeting long term success with Southampton and has already suggested he wants to reach the Champions League with them.
Southampton are ambitious no doubt about it, but they also have confidence to go with their ambition. Of course it takes consistency to reach that stage and to remain in good form throughout the season requires a big squad and heaps of quality.
Despite the facts, access to the Champions League is extremely difficult - Southampton are prepared to give it their all - whether that be this season or one in the upcoming years.
Their style of football is one to admire - the basic 4-4-2 is used with a compact midfield where Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin sit defensively allowing the wingers to play closer to the strikers.
Southampton's attacks will start through the defensive midfielders and they will pass their way up the pitch.
Pochettino is also a fan of using his wing backs in the attacks. Luke Shaw, the young English left-back, has impressed; running down the flanks and running at defences showing glimpses of a young Gareth Bale.
Southampton's strikers are yet to create a firm partnership but both strikers enjoy scoring. Lambert has goals in every league in England and still continues to score now in the Premier League. Osvaldo was a huge success for Roma and him and Lambert provide the Saints with sufficient fire power up front to get in to Europe.
The club's defence is also looking solid - a Fonte and Lovren partnership appears to be successful and has been a huge reason why Southampton have had such a positive start.
So with a good financial backing, a solid all-round team and an ambitious manager why can't Southampton be one of the big boys in the next few years?
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