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Southampton left it extremely late, but they did get a fourth arrival through the door on deadline day in the form of Augsburg centre-back Kevin Danso, even if it was only officially announced on Friday morning.
But how did their window rate as a whole?
Saints were quick off the blocks with the arrivals of Moussa Djenepo and Che Adams for £14m and £15m respectively before we had even entered July, and the duo look to be exactly what the south coast outfit needed after last season.
They are two powerful and pacy players that fit perfectly into the style Ralph Hasenhuttl likes to implement, pressing from the front.
With Nathan Redmond, Sofiane Boufal, Shane Long and Michael Obafemi also present, this team could be ones to watch on the counter attack especially in 2019/20.
While we may not see much of Djenepo straight away because of his exploits for Mali at the African Cup of Nations this summer, Adams has been on fire in pre-season – scoring all three of his goals from the starting XI before the 10-minute mark.
Danny Ings’ season-long loan move also became a permanent one on July 1, and it looked to have left plenty of time for Southampton to strengthen other areas of their squad, with The Telegraph reporting prior to Adams’ arrival that centre-back and wing-back were two positions they wanted to bolster.
However, they also needed to offload more bodies before they could bring anyone else in at that stage, and The Telegraph reported that they were willing to listen to offers for the likes of Charlie Austin and Mario Lemina – both of whom were frozen out of the first-team schedule – as well as Guido Carrillo, Cedric Soares, Fraser Forster and Wesley Hoedt.
Amazingly, only Austin has departed from that list of names so far, and it wasn’t exactly met with many sad responses if these GIF reactions from fans were anything to go by. That deadline day exit left the south coast club scrambling around to get centre-back Danso through the door on a season-long loan with an exclusive option to buy – very shrewd indeed.
The 6 foot 3 20-year-old will add some much-needed speed to a backline that conceded 65 goals in 38 Premier League matches last term.
Patience will be required too though, as he isn’t hugely experienced and almost certainly still has a lot to learn following his spell with the Bundesliga side.
Hasenhuttl has previously said that he would like to work with a squad of 22 players – including academy graduates coming through – and that total is far higher now even though the English transfer window has slammed shut.
In Cedric and Jake Vokins the Austrian appears to have decent full-back cover, but you have to think that the summer would have been even better if the club brought in some stiff competition for Oriol Romeu, in the form of a more mobile defensive midfielder.
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Nevertheless, Southampton look to have done what they needed to in the main part, but things could still get even better.
The signing of Danso looks to have pushed Hoedt down to sixth-choice centre-back, and it would be no surprise if he – along with Lemina, Carrillo and potentially Moi Elyounoussi – all left before the different European transfer windows close at the end of August or beginning of September.
Saints will hope that is the case anyway, and if they are permanent deals then that would be even better.
So, the window is a solid 7/10 as things stand for the south coast club, but that could potentially rise if they can offload some more of the players they don’t want in the next few weeks.