Saints boss claims mass exodus benefited the club

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman believes that the raft of players who left the club over the summer was to the club’s advantage rather than their detriment.

Despite losing Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Calum Chambers in the transfer window – all of whom were key members of the Saints side – Koeman has overseen an excellent start to the season at St Mary’s Stadium, and following Saturday’s 1-0 away victory at Hull City, the club currently sit in 2nd place in the Premier League with 22 points.

The Dutchman is convinced that being able to stamp his own authority on the club and start afresh has been the key to the club’s phenomenal success.

“It helped, although (Dusan) Tadic was already on the scouting list at Southampton,” said Koeman.

“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.”

The Saints are also in the quarter-finals of the League Cup, and based on their start to the campaign, a final appearance in the competition is not beyond the realms of possibility.