The year has seen ten new players at St Mary’s whilst 19 have departed, so there has also been plenty of change on the playing front.
As 2010 started, Saints were sitting in 13th place in League One having accumulated 28 points from the first 24 games of the season. This, of course, included a ten point deduction for entering Administration and resulted in a seventh place finish on 73 points. As we move into 2011 they occupy fifth position, with 31 points from 20 matches.
Results during the 12 month period have seen 31 wins, ten draws and 13 defeats in the 54 matches that have been played in all competitions. These matches have produced 92 goals for and 48 against. Taking Cup games out and the figures, are 22 wins, ten draws and ten losses which, over the course of a season, would be borderline promotion form.
Having taken over residency of the manager's office in time for the sixth league match of this season, Nigel Adkins is now at a point where he knows the squad that he has inherited and has the opportunity to address where he believes the weaknesses to be during the January transfer window.
How many leavers and how many move in to St Mary's we will find out over the coming weeks but, if last January is anything to go by, minor tinkering rather than major construction would seem to be the way to go.
As for 2011, Southampton are currently in a great position to progress towards the goal of promotion back to the Championship and if you were to take a straw poll of Saints supporters I suspect that is the extent of the drama they would like to endure over the coming 12 months.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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