Five bargain buys to consider for Southampton on FM16

Player turnover at Southampton has been higher than almost any other club in Europe in recent seasons and be prepared for more of it on Football Manager 2016.

A lot of your highest rated players will be bid for regularly by the bigger clubs and keeping hold of them will be an impossible task against the financial might of stronger sides.

To oppose this, you must reinvest any funds you have shrewdly and make sure you can rebuild a squad capable of finishing in the top half on a regular basis and eventually challenging for Europe.

You may not be able to bring back Luke Shaw, Nathaniel Clyne or Adam Lallana, but Southampton will be able to attract players who can improve their squad significantly from the very start.

Whether you think you can improve on Koeman’s work or not, here are FIVE bargain buys for the Southampton on FM16…

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Available for as low as £2million on some saves, the former Portsmouth and AC Milan midfield player is a highly experienced and versatile option for the Saints.

The powerful midfielder can be utilised as a central striker if absolutely necessary and possesses the stats to play a pretty all round game, regardless of the position you use him in.

Man management of Boateng can be a problem, but if you can keep him happy he will be a useful component to the squad and is always likely to offer goals from midfield.

Lucas Romero

Lucas Romero

Romero has been a typical signing on Football Manager for several seasons now and he is still a brilliant signing at only £3.5million in the first season.

The youngster is capable of operating from defensive or central midfield and, if trained correctly, can begin to offer a few goals later into his career.

By the age of 27, his marking, passing, first touch and tackling should all reach at least 15 and he becomes one of the most versatile midfielders around.

Luka Jovic

Luka Jovic

Jovic is the ideal striker to sign as a back-up for Graziano Pelle in your first season. Within five years, Jovic will be in his young 20s and one of the best strikers in the world.

Best as either an advanced forward or a poacher, the electric pace of Jovic is a threat to any side and would make runs that could be found with ease by Dusan Tadic or James Ward-Prowse.

Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole

This ex-Gunner’s best days may be a long way behind him, but experience can do a lot for your squad in Football Manager.

Ryan Bertrand may well still be first choice at Saints, but bringing in Cole for under a million would give some solid cover for Bertrand (who is likely to get injured) and protect Targett from facing too much first team football, as he is not necessarily up to the standard for the first season or two.

Signing Cole also gives you the option to play Bertrand further forward for some defensive stability and a leadership rating above 16 has a great impact on avoiding your side getting stuck in a rut of poor form.

Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry

Barry is firmly in the twilight of his career, but at 34 and probably a starter for Southampton, he would provide some crucial experience to a relatively young squad.

The ex-Villa man might be very slow, but he would be an ideal budget replacement if you are forced into the sale of Victor Wanyama.

His passing and teamwork stats are where you should focus and a low movement anchor man role should see Barry provide some cover for your centre-backs.