Their long-term future has finally been resolved and Claude Puel is the man that will take Southampton into battle at the start of next season.
The former Nice manager has been identified as the person to lead the club forward for the long-term and it’s a big responsibility. The Saints have European football to look forward to next season and a slight expectation on their shoulders.
Despite Sadio Mane’s departure, the South-coast club have been flirting with the top eight for a couple of years now and are one of the breakout clubs of the past five years. They’re going to have financial power this summer thanks to the TV deal and the money recouped from the sale of Mane and Puel will have to spend wisely if the Saints are going to find success yet again.
And one potential avenue could be those players who have enjoyed good Euro 2016 campaigns. There are a number of names who will have put themselves in the shop market after a strong summer out in France.
So with that in mind, here’s FIVE players the Saints could target after their strong Euro 2016 campaigns.
Joe Allen has been an extremely unlikely hero for an over-achieving Wales team at this years Euros, but lets be honest, his quality has been clear to see for a few years now.
He is an unassuming sort of player who is not intent on grabbing the headlines but he is extremely useful in the middle of the park, breaking up the play and assisting in attacks. A great squad player for when the Saints have those long Europa League trips too.
The Polish international picked up an injury after his sides’ first group game but his dropping from the side has little to do with form.
He has looked sharp all season and enjoyed a strong campaign out on loan at Roma in Serie A. However a wage dispute might see Szczesny return to the Emirates stadium next season.
He is far from first choice with Petr Cech between the posts so a move to the ever-growing Saints might not be a bad shout.
Another dynamic box-to-box midfielder, Adrien Silva has been a big part of the Portugal squad that progressed past Poland and into the semi-finals on Thursday evening.
He is known for his strong dribbling and passing qualities and he’d slot into the Southampton side quite nicely alongside fellow Portuguese stars Jose Fonte and Cedric.
Arguably one of the most talented Hungarian’s of his generation, Balazs Dzsudzsak is a somewhat forgotten name who burst onto the scene for PSV some years ago. High profile moves to Anzhi and Dinamo Moscow saw some forgot his talent but he reminded everyone during Hungary’s plucky Euro 2016 campaign.
Skill, pace and a wicked deadball delivery are a few things the 29-year-old can offer.
The Republic of Ireland’s next big superstar has had a Euro 2016 campaign to remember. His vital goal that gave his side a 1-0 victory over Italy last week will go down in Irish footballing history, but it wasn’t just that header that was impressive about his game.
His set-pieces were truly devastating at times whilst he was a continual outlet down the left-flank.
He has been linked with a move away from Norwich City following their relegation and he’d be a perfect fit at Southampton. Brady and Long playing together domestically? Sounds pretty good to us.