West Bromwich star Youssouf Mulumbu has urged his teammates to hit the ground running when Southampton visit the Hawthorns on Saturday.
The Baggies beat Liverpool 3-0 on the opening day last season, and after winning eight of their 13 opening Premier League games, sat third place during November.
They eventually finished an impressive eighth overall and Mulumbu is eyeing a repeat of their success.
"The season sometimes starts really well then afterwards you drop off," he told the Express & Star.
"We need to start the way we did last year because that will show people the way we are going to play this year.
"Our fans were unbelievable last year and deserved the good football we played and the place in the table we had but this year is another team and another league so we want to stay strong," he added.
Last season, West Brom held a good record against the Saints winning 2-0 at home before a 3-0 victory at St Mary's in April.
The DR Congo international is preparing to start his fifth full season with the Baggies and remains a key part of Steve Clarke's plans.
"I feel like I'm part of this family," he said. "When I came here I was part of PSG but now I feel like a Baggie. Sometimes when the gaffer is making a decision he asks me, James Morrison and Chris Brunt," added the 26-year-old.
Meanwhile, after loosing top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku, after his loan spell ended and returned to Chelsea, Clarke, 49, added former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka to the squad to fill the vacant gap.
The 49-year-old has also added Diego Lugano, Uruguay captain, as well as Zoltan Gera, who they originally released at the end of the season.
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