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Ralph Krueger insists Southampton exodus is over

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Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has pledged to fans of the club that no more players will be sold this summer.

According to The Guardian's David Hytner, the Canadian has put his foot down and ordered players like Morgan Schneiderlin - who has been trying to force a move to Tottenham Hotspur - to stay on the south coast.

A hat full of integral players such Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert have already left the club and to lose Schneiderlin as well would be horrendous news for Saints supporters.  

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What a difference a summer makes

After Mauricio Pochettino stood down from his managerial post at St. Mary's having guided Southampton to 8th position in the Premier league last season, their best finish since the 2002/03 campaign when Gordon Strachan was in charge, many other players followed the Argentinian out of the door.

Considering Ryan Bertrand has joined on loan from Chelsea, Italian forward Graziano Pelle signed for £10 million from Feyenoord and Serbian midfielder Dusan Tadic has joined from Twente for 13m, Saints will look a dramatically different team this year. There are heavy suspicions that more signings will follow.


Pochettino often went with the modern and very common 4-2-3-1 formation made very popular by Jose Mourinho. They're first choice lineup was more often than not as follows: Boruc; Shaw, Fonte, Lovren, Chambers; Davis, Schneiderlin; Rodriguez, Lallana, Ramirez; Lambert.

Waiting in the wings were Kenya's Victor Wanyama, Nathanial Clyne and Gaston Ramirez (when fit), Jack Cork and Sam Gallagher who played second fiddle to Lambert virtually all of that season.

This year under new boss Ronald Koeman Southampton could start with a team such as: Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand; Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse; Ramirez, Tadic, Isgrove; Pelle.

This of course assuming that the Dutchman will use the same formation as his predecessor - which he did in his team's 3-1 victory over Brighton at the AMEX Stadium in a pre-season friendly last week. 


The squad members who have left this summer, as previously mentioned before, are the obvious replacements. Maya Yoshida could be a regular central defender replacing Lovren and new sigings Pelle and Tadic are to fill the huge hole left by Saints stalwarts Adam Lallana and Rickie lambert. 

Left back Matt Targett and midfielder Lloyd Isgrove, more products of the renowned Southampton academy, could both challenge for a place in the starting 11.

Gaston Ramirez is another creative midfielder who disappointed last term. Given the chance as a number 10, a position that Lallana occupied for a lengthy period last season, he could flourish but he has to stay fit.

Considering the massive changes at Southampton from management to players, the club would settle with keeping their Premier League status for another year. The ecstasy of the previous season is very unlikely to revisited this term.  


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