Southampton fans still have reason to be optimistic

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Whilst there might be a feeling that Southampton need to conduct big business before the Premier League kick off next weekend, there is still plenty of reason for the to be optimistic.

With a large sum of money brought in set to be reinvested in the squad, the Southampton fans have been feeling that they are behind where they feel they should be in terms of pre-season preparation.

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Although they have lost four key players, the sums they have received were as good as can have been expected and the board feel vindicated in the deals that have been done.

Current squad

As the current squad goes, they are only one vital member of the first team down, after losing four starters in Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw and replacing them with Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Ryan Bertrand.

As well as the four above, Calum Chambers joined Arsenal, but he was second-choice right-back behind Nathaniel Clyne, leaving the squad in a pretty similar position.

Pelle and Tadic have made a strong impact so far and look to be able to at least replace some of what they may have lost.

The one place that Southampton are lacking a replacement yet is at centre-back. With Dejan Lovren joining Liverpool, the Saints are currently relying on Jose Fonte, who forged a strong partnership with Lovren, and Maya Yoshida.

Money to spend

That being said, it has been confirmed all along by the Southampton board that any money received will be reinvested in the squad, and that means work behind the scenes is ongoing.

Whilst that is frustrating for the Southampton faithful, it means that negotiations can continue out of the media spotlight that brings unwanted attention in players that may not have arisen previously.

Southampton Chairman Ralph Krueger confirmed as much in a statement last week, when he stated that the lack of information coming out of St. Mary's was probably a good thing.

“I can understand some frustration in and  around our fans, but we needed to stay silent in order to bring in the best deals for the club.” he told the club's official website.

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