On the back of a successful 2013/14 Premier League season, Southampton quickly became prey for the division’s big boys.
Not only did they lose their manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham heading into the 2014/15 campaign, but they also had a host of key players poached from them including marksman Rickie Lambert.
Alongside Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren, the centre-forward went on to join Liverpool, while defenders Luke Shaw and Callum Chambers managed to secure moves to Manchester United and Arsenal respectively.
Ultimately, the above left the Saints in a hole and some worrying about the club’s future in the Premier League.
Yet the arrival of Ronald Koeman, who brought in some very good additions that summer, eased those fears.
The likes of Sadio Mane, Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Ryan Bertrand all followed the Dutchman into St. Mary’s, adequately replacing most of the names above.
And in the end, under Koeman, those new signings were able to help guide the south coast club to a seventh place finish and into Europe.
Unfortunately for Southampton, though, the recruitment drive that summer has not been one they have been able to reproduce in the last couple of years.
Of late, things have been really hit or miss. While the Saints have still struck gold in certain places, in others, they have found the complete opposite – and it is starting to take its toll.
Mohamed Elyounoussi, Manolo Gabbiadini and Guido Carrillo are just a few names that come to mind when looking at some of Southampton’s recent transfer business.
Such signings, alongside some very poor managerial appointments made by the board, have seen Southampton go from an outfit securing Europa League qualification, to one fighting for Premier League safety.
Like Koeman, Ralph Hasenhuttl looks like the right fit for the club. But to take Southampton to where they once were, the Austrian needs a transfer window as good as the 2014 one.
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