With Lallana, Shaw, And Rickie Lambert all Leaving the saints. what do I think the Saints will have in store This upcoming season?
Under new manager Ronald Koeman, i Expect too see Attacking minded Football with the expected 4-3-3 formation. and Hopefully we can keep the possession style football in our game that Mauricio Pochettino taught us as well. With the players coming in, Pelle and Tadic.. i expect them to be quiet for the first 4-5 games, Just so they get use to the league. i don’t expect 30+ goals from Pelle this season or 20+ assists from Tadic. But they will be IMPROVEMENTS from Lambert and Lallana when they start Performing. you could say that Pelle is a younger Lambert and that Tadic is a Much more Pacey Lallana, with a mean cross.
Also, With Mayuka, Osvaldo and Billy Sharp coming back, i expect to see 2/3 Stay with the saints. them being Sharp and Mayuka. I Expect Koeman too get rid of Osvaldo as he likes a happy squad. Mayuka could be a very good impact sub with his Rapid pace and could play a key part this season. I Fully Expect Sharp to be apart of the rotation in the squad, Cup matches and so on. Although i like the guy i really think he would struggle in the Premier League. With the depature of Luke Shaw, i expect too see Koeman give another Academy graduate, Matthew Targett a solid chance this season. Many Coaches in the Academy already rate him Higher than Luke Shaw.
As of 16/07/2014, We have Signed Pelle, a Center Forward, and Tadic, an Attacking mid/Winger. i Fully Expect too see Koeman Bring in another CB, Incase Lovren goes to Liverpool. and i Expect to see Koeman Bring in a young goal keeper, in the name of Fraser Forster. Why a keeper you may ask? Because Artur Boruc has no Threat when it comes to ‘Battling for the #1’. Kelvin davis is old and expirienced, but i do not expect him to take Boruc’s place. and Paulo Gazzaniga, who leaks goals, Will unfortunately never challenge either. In my eyes, as a football coach myself.. If you have competition for the number 1 shirt, you will perform better to keep that shirt. That being the reason we need another talented keeper. We could also do with another Winger, as with the 4-3-3 You Essentially need Wingers, and from the top of my head we only have 3 Prolific wingers. them being Tadic, Rodriguez, and Davis. Mayuka can also play as a winger. If any of them get injured (Jay is Currently) then we are stuck, and we would have to change formation and tactics which could be unfamiliar with Ronald, and more importantly, the players.
It seems that Koeman is Targeting many players from the Everdivise. Which is where he managed Feyenoord. I Have been told by a few people who are ‘ITK’ that koeman is After Jordy Clasie from his Previous club Feyenoord Or Daley Blind From Ajax, incase Morgan Schneiderlin goes, and Stephan De Vrij Who is a young solid Center back from Ronalds old Club Feyenoord In case Dejan Lovren Departs.
As always, These are just some things that i predict in the 2014/15 Season for Southampton. and i have many more to come on these subjects.