We Are The Southampton Boys
In the last few years, Southampton FC have risen through the ranks of English football. From being in League One back in 2010 to threatening for European Football, the players and staff at Southampton FC have proved that their club is becoming one of the best that England have to offer the world. Being widely known for their youth system, many of the world's best started their careers at Southampton, men like Alan Shearer, Matt Le Tissier and Gareth Bale were all Southampton players before they moved on and became household names elsewhere. Southampton have also had some of England's best players wearing their shirts throughout the years, with men like captain Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Peter Crouch giving Southampton the goals and the quality the club needed to be where it is now.
http://www.thehardtackle.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Adam-Lallana-Southampton-ca.jpgCaptain Marvel: Adam Lallana was part of the Southampton side that was promoted to Premier League in 2012.
The summer of 2014 has been an all-time low for Southampton, however. If the departures of such skillful and reputable players like Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert to Liverpool, Luke Shaw to Manchester United and Callum Chambers to Arsenal, the team was left looking like a shell of its former self. The departure of manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham helped Southampton's rebuilding efforts, however, as Pochettino made way for Dutchman Ronald Koeman to swoop in and save the team before the season started, making some good signings like striker Graziano Pelle, winger Dusan Tadic and defender Toby Alderweireld whilst managing to keep a hold on men like Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin despite interest from a lot of reputable clubs.
With the squad having undergone a big change, and many of the players not having time to form a considerable bond before the season's beginning, Ronald Koeman must hope that his squad can do such a thing. The 2014/15 season is a big one for Southampton, as it will show what the Southern club are really made from, and if they have what it takes to become a big English club in the future.