Koeman: Southampton helped by summer upheaval

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has claimed that the upheaval at the club throughout the summer transfer window has helped his new-look side make a strong start to this season, reports the Independent.

A succession of key players left the South coast over the close season along with former boss Mauricio Pochettino – all of whom had guided the club to its highest number of points in the Premier League era.

Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren all moved to Liverpool, while young defenders Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw joined Arsenal and Manchester United respectively for large transfer fees.

As a result, many tipped the Saints to struggle this time around, but after nine games they find themselves in second position and just four points behind leaders Chelsea, with the best defensive record in the top four divisions of English football.

And Koeman believes that the many ins and outs over the summer has been a benefit to the club rather than a hindrance. He said: “It helped, although (Dusan) Tadic was already on the scouting list at Southampton.

“But what happened is not normal. Normally you would have to change one or two new players, instead of six or seven players. But this way it is more my team as I have my own players rather than what was left by the other manager.

“Good players, good quality players, can adapt, although it usually takes some time. This team looks like it has already been together for two seasons. But that is down to the players because they are good players.”

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