Premier League

Retain these 2 lynchpins, and Southampton could challenge for Europe this season

Southampton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their side sincerely hoping for better after a testing campaign last term.

The Saints were embroiled in a relegation battle for much of last season and only got out of it in the final few weeks of the campaign, what with Mark Hughes steadying the ship after a turbulent time under Mauricio Pellegrino earlier in the season. Yet the ex-Stoke City boss fulfilled the brief of keeping the club in the top-flight by eventually leading them to a 17th place finish, ending up three points clear of the bottom three.

As such, there are many expectant Saints fans around the country hoping for much better from their side this term, and based on their summer window so far, they have every reason to be optimistic about a return to the top ten, and indeed a possible European push.

Hughes has added four new faces in the form of Stuart Armstrong, Angus Gunn, Mohamed Elyounoussi, and Jannik Vestergaard in a bid to plug obvious gaps in his squad, yet it is just as important that the South Coast outfit also retain several of their most prized assets over the summer, as failure to do so would undo all their great work.

In fact, the Saints really must keep hold of these TWO stars if they are to challenge for the European places this term…

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