Our Southampton fans here in the Transfer Tavern have been fairly pleased with how this season has gone – even if European football is unlikely next year.
Of course, finishing in the European spots again this time around – as they did last season – was always going to be a push with the Saints once again undergoing serious change and having to play Europa League football too.
They have done well, though, and should have won the EFL Cup final against Manchester United truth be known, whilst a top ten finish isn’t out of their grasp.
A decent maiden year in the Premier League for Claude Puel, then, and he’ll surely be eager to keep his key players in the team ahead of another summer window.
Indeed, Oriol Romeu will certainly be on that ‘to keep’ list with the holding midfielder coming on leaps and bounds over the last couple of years on the south-coast.
He appears to have really found a home at St. Mary’s and his performances have reflected that whilst he has also moved to quash any speculation that he may move on.
Pleasing Saints fans, he said (as quoted by Teamtalk🙂
“I’m feeling very happy here, and I won’t give this away.
“The club has given me a massive welcome since the beginning, signing a new contract in January, and this support and confidence they have given me is something that no one has done before.
“I’m very pleased with what they’ve done for me and I just want to give this love back. I feel respected. If teammates have problems, sometimes they come and ask me.
“I’m an important part of the dressing room, which in the way you play gives you that respect. It’s something I’ve always been looking for, and now that I have it I’m really enjoying it.”
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