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2020/2021

Southampton

In


Mohammed Salisu (def) Real Valladolid; Kyle Walker-Peters (def) Tottenham – loan made permanent; Fraser Forster (gk) Celtic – end of loan; Wesley Hoedt (def) Antwerp – end of loan; Mario Lemina (mid) Galatasaray – end of loan; Josh Sims (mid) NY Red Bull – end of loan; Guido Carrillo (att) Leganes – end of loan;

Out


Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (r) (mid) Tottenham; Cedric Soares (r) (def) Arsenal – loan made permanent; Maya Yoshida (sp) (def) Sampdoria – loan made permanent; Kevin Danso (sp) (def) Augsburg – end of loan; Harrison Reed (mid) Southampton – loan made permanent; Mario Lemina (sp) (mid) Southampton – on loan;

Southampton had season of two halves last term. They reached bitter low in early November, when trashed 1:9 at home by Leicester, but keeping faith in their coach and the group of players proved decisive for the impressive revival from December onwards that eventually led to a pretty respectable final position. Come the end of the campaign Hasenhuttl had his players playing some really exciting football and the goal is to keep developing this Dortmund-style tactics that seem to be suiting the Saints. So far, during the off-season strengthening of the defence has been the priority. Added centre-back Salisu to the ranks and also signed full-back Walker-Peters permanently. Lost Cedric and Hojbjerg, though, and expected to seek reinforcements in midfield before the transfer window closes in October. Coach Hasenhuttl will continue to use counter-pressing and very direct forward passing when in possession as main tactics. This worked pretty well for Southampton in 2020. New captain Ward-Prowse will have key role in midfield this season. The efficiency of the forward line is amongst the main strengths of the team, with Ings reborn and capable of another 20+ goals campaign. Southampton are expected to be scoring even more goals with Adams likely to be much more effective in attack after his maiden top flight season finished with positive displays. The main weakness right now is the lack of depth in the midfield, which could be easily addressed, though, with just 1-2 new signings. Also, Southampton lack depth which, in a shortened and heavily congested season as the one coming, is always risky if injuries hit the squad.

Target


Securing top 10 finish is the goal and even if they fail the Saints should have more than enough in themselves to exist away from danger zone.

Season Review
2019/2020

№11: Southampton

Southampton achieved a very respectable finish despite having the second weakest home record in the division and spending the majority of the first 4 months of the season in the relegation zone. The difficult start culminated in a humiliating 0:9 home loss vs Leicester in round 10, but instead of overreacting the Saints kept faith in their manager and players, which ultimately paid off. Form improved with 4 wins in December and then very solid after that, especially on the road. Displays in 2020 were not disturbed much by the 4-month COVID-break and brought the very respectful final position. The main strength of the team was the way they counterattacked on the road with Danny Ings having an excellent season that saw him score 20+ goals. Southampton made very good use of counter-pressing too and they definitely played modern, effective and exciting to watch football post-Christmas. Defensively there were problems all campaign, with insecure periods for both goalkeepers that started league games and shaky individual displays from the back line that never really allowed Southampton to dominate at home. Coach Hasenhuttl deserves praise for achieving far more than expected with the group of players he had at his disposal. The Austrian also proved to be very good in developing youngsters, with Valery, Smallbone and Obafemi just some of those teenagers that became important members of the senior squad. Considering the congested schedule expected in 2020/21, Hasenhuttl’s ability to use young players successfully might be crucial again in what Southampton expect to be another solid campaign of mid-table existence.


Player of the Season: Danny Ings

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