Three signings Les Reed must deliver to be a Southampton fans’ favourite again

Southampton vice-chairman Les Reed has gone from hero to zero among the St Mary’s faithful in the last two seasons following a dramatic fall from grace for the team.

The south coast outfit finished the 2015/16 Premier League campaign in sixth position under Ronald Koeman to qualify for the Europa League, but the appointments of Claude Puel and Mauricio Pellegrino – as well as signings that haven’t much such a big impact – since have left fans unhappy with the 65-year-old senior figure and sceptical of the club’s supposed ‘Southampton way’ motto.

Saints only narrowly avoided relegation from the top flight earlier this month with a 1-0 win away at Swansea City proving to be crucial, and they will know that they need some new additions to the squad this summer in order to ensure they don’t find themselves in a similar situation next term under Mark Hughes.

Their black box system scouting system has delivered the likes of Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk in the past, but individuals like Sofiane Boufal, Wesley Hoedt and Nathan Redmond haven’t delivered more recently like their predecessors did.

Here are three signings Reed must deliver this summer so he goes from zero to hero again among Southampton supporters…