There’s often one surprise package in the opening weeks of the Premier League season and they usually end up falling off the pace; however, Southampton don’t look like crumbling anytime soon.
The south coast outfit find themselves sitting just outside of a Champions League spot and after taking points off Liverpool and Manchester United away from St Mary’s, they seem to be establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with.
Saints' manager Mauricio Pochettino has been quick to establish himself at the club since arriving in January, with his side winning praise for the style in which they have picked up points so far this campaign.
Adding to this, in-form striker Rickie Lambert has broken into the England national team and everything about Southampton Football Club seems to be on a high due to their recent success.
However, the Hampshire side aren’t the first team to mix it with the big boys before Christmas.
In 2008, Hull City arrived in the Premier League and began in tremendous fashion, with only goal difference separating them from sitting top of the league at the end of October.
The Tigers accumulated 20 points from their opening 10 games, unfortunately it was to all go wrong for the Yorkshire side, as a marathon of poor results after Christmas saw them slip down the table and only just avoid relegation.
On the other hand, Saints can take inspiration from the Ipswich team that secured a UEFA Cup spot after being pipped to a top-four finish by Liverpool, on the last day of the 2000/01 Premier League season.
George Burley’s team began as relegation contenders but were able to defy the odds, as they punched above their weight and secured a place in Europe.
With only nine league games under Southampton’s belt this season, there is a mighty long way to go; however, the signs look promising so far and they look a solid outfit from back to front.
Pochettino’s squad have only shipped three goals since the opening day of the league season and have looked stylish when going forward.
For Southampton fans, the club’s miserable decline to the third tier of English football must seem a distant memory.
However, the tables have turned ever so quickly and they look to be rotating furthermore, as the Saints enjoy life in the upper deck of England’s top flight.
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