The Saints fans in the Transfer Tavern tonight will surely be optimistic about the season ahead.
Reaching a League Cup final last season was excellent, but can they improve?
The Saints kick off their 2017/18 season with a home game against a side who nearly faced relegation last time out, Swansea.
If last season is anything to go by, this should be a comfortable win for Southampton and with Swansea’s defensive issues, they will most likely look to take the game to the Swans and attack for the full 90.
Should Pellegrino’s men find themselves behind in the game or find their attackers aren’t performing as well as the Argentine boss expects them to, then substitutions will obviously need to take place.
Southampton have some very good players on their bench, players that can make a difference and on that note, here are TWO players Pellegrino must utilise as impact subs in their first match against Swansea….