Southampton have been the surprise team of this season.
They have conceded the least amount of goals so far this season so far in the Premier League and have had a remarkable season. As the end of the campaign draws near Ronald Koeman’s side sit in 7th place just one point off a Europa League spot. Things have slipped in recent weeks with it looking harder for them to finish in the top four.
As the race for a European place hots up would it be better if Southampton missed out?
Qualifying for the Champions League could bring up to £50million to St Mary’s which would be a fantastic boost to the club. Playing in Europe, whether the Champions League or the Europa League, always brings in extra revenue in sponsorship and TV deals and helps convince new signings.
At first many fans believed it was just luck that had got the South Coast side off to such a good start but that cannot be said any more. Many fans are worried that if they miss out on a Champions League place then they will be raided again for their best stars.
Koeman has already admitted they could struggle to keep some players:
“If there is any interest in our players it will be easier for us if we play in Europe to keep them.”
Last season, Saints best players were snapped up by big clubs and it is possible players such as Nathanial Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin could be interested in moving in order to compete in European football.
Southampton fans need not panic though; all is not lost if they don’t end up playing in Europe next year.
The club have proved that even though they lost their so called best players last season they can come back stronger than ever. Koeman has shown his strength as a manager and fans should not be worried that he would be able to form another strong side to contend next year.
Whether they make it into the top five or not, Southampton have proved they are not to be messed with. Players will be greatly interested in playing for the club and they will be able to attract a much higher calibre of player during the transfer window.
There are some fans who actually hope Southampton will not get into Europe this season as they are worried it is too much too soon. It could just be an anomaly and often when clubs reach beyond their means it can lead to a quick demise.
Many believe if they come back next year and make Europe they will be able to make a better attempt in either the Champions League or Europa League rather than treading above water which they most likely would if they made it this year.
Whether Southampton get into Europe or not, everyone involved in the club should be proud of the impact they have had on the Premier League. After losing so many key players they came back stronger and have shown they are a real force to be reckoned with.
You can only predict a great future lies ahead for the club especially while Koeman is in charge.