Southampton is undoubtedly a club in crisis- Ronaldo Koeman left for Everton, Victor Wanyama moved to Spurs and while Sadio Mane’s switch to Liverpool has just recently materialized.
The Saints have not only lost their manager but some of their most integral players have resolutely joined rival clubs.
However, Southampton are second to none at replacing their star players.
History shows that even after losing Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin, the Saints still managed to finish in the top half of the Premier League standings.
Furthermore, Southampton have managed to qualify for Europe in the last two seasons, a progressive standard by all accounts. Be that as it may, what next for Southampton FC?
Here are three things they need to do to rebuild their club.
Hold on to their other star players
To begin with, they need to hold on to their other star players: Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle to be specific.
Likewise the tying down of Fraser Foster, Virgil van Dijk and Steven Davies to long term contracts has to some degree helped their cause…well at least for the time being.
The last thing they need is a mass exodus, and therefore keeping the team intact will be a major boost for the beckoning season.
Sign a top drawer manager
Whenever in crisis, top clubs often opt for panic acquisition of both players and managers.
On the managerial front, rumours doing rounds claim that Southampton have hired former Lyon and Monaco manager Claude Puel, who would be a good replacement for Koeman.
Puel managed to guide Lyon to a Champions League final and also won Ligue One with Monaco. With a new manager, players will seek to impress and be the manager’s first choice.
In addition, their signing of a manager by mid-July will remove any air of uncertainty and speculation among players and fans alike.
Sign proper replacements
With a new manager comes new signings, and Claude Puel, if he is to sign, will have his own list of targets – players that would improve the team, and mount a challenge in Europe.
Players would also be excited to have new signings injected into the team and this would immensely change the atmosphere of the locker room.
The Saints have already signed Nathan Redmond [from Norwich City], who will do well in the team’s setup, and are furthermore being linked with Hatem Ben-Arfa, who was a star for Nice in the previous campaign.
Making a overhaul change to the squad given their recent losses will go a long way in aiding their building process. The team’s balance should not be majorly unsettled, but be rather gradually improved.
A replacement for Mane should be the first on the billing, followed by other the tightening of bolts in the team to help in its general functionality.
Apart from that, a holding midfielder to replace Wanyama should not be overlooked.
With such, the team could be ready to kick start the new season.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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