Southampton fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are having flashbacks of last summer after talkSPORT explained how Ronald Koeman is aware that they have a task on their hands keeping Nathaniel Clyne at the club.
St Mary’s experienced an exodus last summer, which saw the likes of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren move on, which left punters tipping them for relegation.
But Ronald Koeman has turned everyone’s pre season predictions upside down and has moulded a side which are just outside the top four.
And it would be a great shame if they cannot cling on to their best players, like Clyne, because it will make it harder to mount a serious push for the top four.
People are wrong who say he is only a full back, and that is easy to replace.
Because in Koeman’s high pressing system, he relies heavily on fullbacks pushing on, penning the opposition in their own half.
But it will be hard keeping Clyne at the club, considering his pal Shaw has already made his move to the big time.
“We hope one day we will compare to the big ones, but that’s difficult. We know our level, we know our possibilities,” said Koeman.
“I like to play Champions League as well but that’s the aspiration for every football player and it’s a normal aspiration. If you don’t mention that, there’s something wrong.”