Southamp­ton

Ti­tle odds 2016-17 100-1

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE - Southamp­ton might have been tak­ing the fourth Cham­pi­ons League place from Manchester City.

Star man Vir­gil van Dijk

Brought from Celtic to re­place Toby Alder­weireld and yet an­other cen­tre-back to slot in al­most ef­fort­lessly be­side José Fonte. Phys­i­cally strong and im­pos­ing, Van Dijk also car­ries a goal threat and has just signed a new six-year con­tract

What went right

A good start, es­pe­cially from Graziano Pelle, and then an out­stand­ing end­ing to the sea­son. The re­turn of goal­keeper Fraser Forster co­in­cided with the up­surge in form while the ar­rival of Char­lie Austin also spurred oth­ers and added to the at­tack­ing depth.

What went wrong?

Eight de­feats in 10 games dur­ing a six-week pe­riod from the end of Novem­ber un­til the start of Jan­uary. Were it not for this very marked dip in form,

Lame duck Juanmi

Ar­rived for £5 mil­lion last sum­mer with the rep­u­ta­tion as a highly skilled cre­ative player but has barely fig­ured this sea­son amid the com­pe­ti­tion for places. Likely to be avail­able this sum­mer.

What’s the ver­dict on Ron­ald Koe­man?

Pos­i­tive. Ever­ton are in­ter­ested in re­cruit­ing him, Southamp­ton hope that he will sign a new deal. The ques­tion for Koe­man, whose longert­erm dreams are with Hol­land or Barcelona, is whether those goals are more at­tain­able from Ever­ton than Saints.

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