Southampton under no pressure in 2014/15

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With Southampton widely tipped to struggle this season, they may just reap the benefits of those expectations, with teams possibly underestimating them during the upcoming campaign.

Dutch legend Ronald Koeman has taken over the reigns at St. Mary's and has quietly gone about his business, bringing in seven players on the way.

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Although some of last season's key players have left, the talent that Koeman still has at his disposal is one that could cause a few surprises if they are underestimated.

Attacking threat

The addition of three players in the attacking areas will please Southampton fans, with Shane Long adding pace and power, Graziano Pelle adding a ready-made replacement for Rickie Lambert and Dusan Tadic providing some much-need creativity, there should be plenty of optimism.

Add to those names Gaston Ramirez, who have a point to prove under a new manager, Steven Davis, who might just be one of the most underrated players in the Premier League, and Jay Rodriguez to return from Injury before Christmas, and Koeman has plenty of options to choose from.

Youngsters Lloyd Isgrove and Sam McQueen have been involved with the first team during pre-season and Saphir Taider can also play further forward. Any defence who thinks they might get an easy ride against this Southampton attack should think again.

Solid spine

As well as the attacking talent, Southampton have a core of established professionals who they can rely on to the lead the team forward every week.

At the back, new signing and England goalkeeper Fraser Forster will take up the number one spot, Jose Fonte will captain the side from the centre of defence, and with Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin sitting just in front of him, they really do still have quality in abundance.

A young English fullback duo of Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne will support those down the flanks, and with James Ward-Prowse touted as a future full England international, it might be too early to write them off as relegation fodder just yet.

No pressure

The sales of Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers have however sounded alarm bells to the rest of the watching world.

Without them, the Saints are destined to form relegation struggler's this season in the minds of many.

But with that attitude comes complacency. Complacency that could just allow Southampton to punch above their weight and cause a few people to sit up and take notice for the second season in a row, and with Ronald Koeman in charge they might do just that.

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