Southampton manager Ronald Koeman brought in his sixth and seventh signings of the summer this week, and was quick to praise the staff that had made it all possible.
Following the addition of first Shane Long, and then Romanian defender Florin Gardos, Koeman confirmed that it would not have been possible with the scouting team and their identification of some of the new players.
He added that he did not much about latest signing Gardos, but the information he was supplier enabled him to approve the move for the defender, something he was very happy to do.
Speaking to the club's official website following the completion of the Gardos deal, the Dutch legend confirmed that he was happy with the signing, and that credit for Gardos' identification went to the scouting team behind-the-scenes.
He said: “From the beginning, after [Dejan] Lovren left the club, we paid a lot of attention to Florin.
“Everybody knows the big names and the big players, but it’s always more difficult to find one who’s not so well known. The information the club has given to me about him has been very good.
“For now and for the future, we have a very good central defender.”
Koeman was equally as happy to have secured the £12million signing of Hull City striker Shane Long on the same day as Gardos, as he explained that the experience of the Premier League and Long's work-rate were key things that attracted the club to the Irish striker.
He said: “He brings ambition and a great mentality – he’s always running and always working, and he’s very down-to-earth. He’s a great person, and we need that type of player.
“He brings a lot of experience to our squad because he’s already played at Premier League level for a few years. He knows what we need at this level, and he can show that to our younger players as well." said the smiling Southampton manager.
Koeman takes his side to Anfield on the opening weekend of the new season to face Liverpool, and it seems likely that Long will take his place amongst the starting XI after such a high-valued transfer.
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