Mauricio Pochettino‘s Southampton have taken the Premier League by storm this year with an impressive start to the season, currently sitting in third place at only three points behind league leaders Arsenal.
After watching them destroy Hull City yesterday, I realized that this team has what it takes to not only survive the daunting Premier League campaign but be successful as well. Pochettino has been able to create a balanced team that doesn’t depend on individuals, even with superstar Pablo Daniel Osvaldo on the squad.
This team is built around skilled youngsters such as defensive duo of Luke Shaw and Nathan Clyne that exploit the flanks as a constant attacking threat, as well as midfield maestro’s Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana, both having been recently called up by Roy Hodgson.
The team also boasts a wealth of attacking options with Osvaldo and England rookie Rickie Lambert leading the line and creating lots of problems for opposing defenses. The player that stands out to me is lesser-known James Ward-Prowse, who plays like a seasoned veteran despite his age.
It is probably too early to consider this team as a real contender in the Premier League. They have a very difficult schedule as Christmas approaches. I believe that even if they are able to continue this brilliant start, they will not manage to finish in the top four.
Regardless of where they end up at seasons end, if this team is not separated, they could be a real force in years to come. Hopefully their sporting ambitions will outweigh their financial ambitions. Only time will tell, but watch out for Southampton and their future stars.