Southampton will be weaker without Ronald Koeman

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It's been a great season for Southampton Football Club.

The Saints finished with a record 63 points and finished in sixth place - the highest finish for the club in the Premier League era.

One man who deserves huge credit for all of the success at St. Mary's is none other than Ronald Koeman.


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The Dutch boss has been instrumental in cementing Southampton's place among the elite of English football, a vast improvement for a club only promoted to the top tier in 2012.

Over the past couple of seasons, Southampton have sold several of their key players including the likes of Adam Lallana, Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne. Despite these departures, Koeman has not only maintained the club's position in the league but improved upon it.

Right from the off, Koeman seemed to strike a chord with the players and was able to implement a philosophy of good attacking football.

One of the major factors behind Southampton's success over recent years has been their phenomenal recruitment. Players like Sadio Mane, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle were brought to the club by the Dutchman, all of whom have excelled beyond expectations.

Running a club who are used to shipping important players out each summer is not an easy job by any means but Koeman seems to have come up with the right formula. The former Feyenoord boss has replaced the outgoing players with good technical players that fit the style of football he strongly believes in.

Southampton scored an impressive 59 goals last term - ten more than Manchester United. In addition to their offensive pedigree, the Saints also conceded a meagre 41 goals throughout the entirety of the last term - making them the joint-fifth best defence in the league.

The above statistics highlight the balance in the squad built by Koeman in just a couple of seasons.

Aside from his footballing knowledge, Koeman also comes across as a charming personality and a firm fan favourite at Southampton. The fans will be feeling extremely disappointing if his expected move to Everton is confirmed next week.

The Southampton board should have done all in their power to convince Koeman at the club if they are to continue their progress in the top flight of English football.

With Frank de Boer tipped to replace his Dutch compatriot in the Saints dugout, he faces a very tough task to emulate his predecessor.

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