Southampton The Surprise Of The English Premier
Southampton has been absolutely exceptional this season. Last season, their only goal was to remain in the English Premier League, now they look like they will be in contention for a Europa League place an a legitimate outside chance of a Champions League birth.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has been brilliant this season and seems to have the ear of every player in his squad. Pochettino has even convinced Southampton management to purchase big name players over the last two seasons. This is so that they cannot only remain a consistent presence in the Premiership but also compete against the top clubs in England. Pochettino has managed to get the right combination of youth, experience and quality in his squad.
Make no mistake about, it the Southampton squad has tons of quality, with the likes of Uruguayan International Gaston Ramirez, Italian International Pablo Osvaldo and Kenya Captain Victor Wanyama oozing quality.
Lets not forget about Englishman Rickie Lambert who is playing like he deserves to be part of England’s World Cup squad in next summer in Brazil. The 31-year-old has been excellent this season, bringing leadership and inspiration to the squad.
Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren have also been spectacular this season. The core of the team is very young and looks like they will grow together and continue to put the rest of the Premier League on notice.
Southampton currently sits in sixth place in the table and is looking down at clubs such as Manchester United, Everton and Newcastle United. Southampton seem to have the right ingredients so sustain excellence this season, so it will be interesting to see where they finish in the table.