New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has set his sights high for the upcoming campaign, despite losing three of the club's best players.
Koeman, who completed the first week with his new players last week, was buoyant about the ambitions he held for the group of players he seems certain to add to in the coming month.
His comments will do wonders for the loyal Southampton supporters who might just be wondering if anyone will be left following the recent departures of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, and with Dejan Lovren and Morgan Schneiderlin also linked away.
Koeman makes pledge to fans
Speaking to the club's official website following the signing of Duan Tadic, Koeman's first acquisition since taking charge of the club, the Dutch legend felt that the squad he has inherited will continue on the path started last season, but may even better it.
“We’ve lost some good players but we want to continue the ambition and philosophy of the club... because we want to continue and maybe even better what Southampton did last season.” he said.
Tadic joined the Saints from FC Twente where Koeman will had a good look at him last season whilst in charge of Dutch giants Feyenoord.
“He’s a great player. I know him very well from Holland, where he had a great season last year" said the Dutchman.
Saints set sights on new stars
With Southampton also linked to Koeman's old striker Graziano Pelle who has scored 55 goals in 66 games for Feyenoord, and Cardiff's David Marshall in the past few days, it seems a busy summer on the South coast is only going to get busier.
With transfer comings and goings a certainty at St.Mary's, Koeman's squad for the first game of the season might be significantly different from the one Mauricio Pochettino fielded against Manchester United on the last day of last season, but if the 51-year-old's ambition matches that of the club's board, Southampton might be on to another winner.
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