Southampton found themselves entangled in a relegation battle last season but, after doing some decent business in the transfer window this summer, supporters will be feeling optimistic going into the new campaign.
Along with deadline day-signing Danny Ings, Southampton also brought Jannik Vestergaard, Angus Gunn, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong to St. Mary’s.
And with these new acquisitions, manager Mark Hughes believes the Saints should be able to steer well clear from the drop zone this time round.
In fact, Hughes is targeting a finish in the top half of the table having told reporters ahead of Southampton’s opening Premier League clash against Burnley: ” There is no reason why we can’t [secure a top 10 position]. Expectation here is always we are a top level club and a top half club.” (via Daily Echo)
And Hughes is correct to suggest such. Even though they were caught up in a relegation brawl last term and have sold numerous key players down the years, Southampton still have a squad capable of finishing in a respectable position.
As well as the likes of Ings and Elyounoussi who can offer a lot to Hughes’ side, the former Stoke City manager already has quite a few quality players at his disposal.
Oriol Romeu, Mario Lemina and Ryan Bertrand are just some names who come to mind while Charlie Austin, if he can remain fit, can be a huge asset up front for Hughes’ men.
Albeit much of them underperformed, Southampton still have a very good squad and a finish in the top half of the table should not be beyond them.