Over the past few years, Southampton have made a lot of money, but at the same time lost everything else to be proud of in a club.
The conveyer belt of players to join Southampton and leave is staggering. Be it astute signings or from their famed academy, The Saints could boast one of the most impressive teams in England had they been able to keep hold of their players.
The list is immense; Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Sadio Mané, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Luke Shaw and Victor Wanyama are just a few of the players that have made their way from the south coast club in the past few seasons for better and bigger clubs. The Saints have continued to produce players like James Ward-Prowse, but there is the continuing sense that anyone they produce will eventually leave, usually to Liverpool.
While the club have made hundreds on millions from these deals, fans must have grown increasingly sick and tired of their club with each failure to retain their players.
However, this is a huge problem for the club, but it may not be the most damaging. The club are now on their fourth manager in four years, and in that time, The Saints have gone from a team with a discernible style of football, to one that simply seems set on remaining in the league.
Their high pressing, stylish football has diminished with each manager, and so has their position in the Premier League. Last season’s survival was by the narrowest of margins, and they don’t seem much more impressive this season.
They just seem like a club that want to stay in the Premier League, but aren’t doing a huge amount to ensure that. Hughes was an uninspired choice, and the club may continue to pay the price.
The Southampton that many people knew a few years ago are slowly becoming perennial Premier League strugglers. They are looking down the barrel of a return to the Championship unless something changes fast.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!