Southampton stronger after summer exodus, claims Krueger

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has claimed that the club are stronger after their major upheaval in the transfer market over the summer, BBC Sport has reported.

The Saints matched their best ever Premier League finish of eighth place last season, after which manager Mauricio Pochettino left to take over the vacant position at Tottenham. His departure was soon followed by those of a number of key players, with captain Adam Lallana, striker Rickie Lambert, defender Dejan Lovren, and youngsters Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw all moving on.

The exodus saw Krueger come under fire from some quarters, but the club has responded by making a number of new signings. Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle both came in after successful seasons in the Dutch Eredivisie, strikers Sadio Mane and Shane Long, defender Florin Gardos and goalkeeper Fraser Forster arrived, while defenders Toby Alderweireld and Ryan Bertrand both joined on loan.

And Krueger believes the South coast club are now stronger as a result. He said: “We were up and down with many different types of emotions but we are extremely pleased with the end product. We think we’ve made good business decisions, good sports decisions. We did everything with integrity through the window.

“We have a team which is filled with character and, we feel, more depth in the line-up and I think that’s something that was the goal from the get-go. Last season we played from a starting 11 and there was not much behind it. I feel we are (now) in a really strong position.”

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