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5 Southampton Storylines to Follow as Season’s End Nears

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5 Southampton Storylines to Follow as Season's End Nears

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Southampton have been somewhat of a surprise package in this season's English Premier League, and they make for a very interesting team to follow for the remainder of the season. From Adam Lallana's wonder goals to Rickie Lambert's thumping efforts, Southampton are one of the finest teams to watch at this moment in time. 

Southampton currently sit eighth in the Premier League, only a few points behind defending champions Manchester United. When they sacked boss Nigel Adkins last season, many dismissed their chances of success, but Mauricio Pochettino came in and transformed the team in every way. Although he couldn't speak a word of English, he has appeared to find it easy to get his message across and the players appear very happy under his guidance.

Southampton have had its problems too, yet several of their key players have been in and around the England squad, and they're tipped to keep fighting and possibly be selected in England's 2014 World Cup squad. On top of this, many of their talented players are being linked with massive transfers to bigger Premier League clubs, showing how well Southampton are doing. 

After developing talents like Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale, it's no wonder Europe's eyes are on the lookout for "the next big thing" from the Southampton ranks. With a small amount of games remaining, there are endless of possibilities for Southampton to endure, but what will come their way? Here's five Southampton storylines to follow as the season comes to a close. 

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5- The Luke Shaw Transfer Saga

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The young, talented defender has been at the center of much transfer speculation. He has been heavily linked to Manchester United and Chelsea. Will he make his intentions clear on what he wants for his future in the coming months?

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4- Dani Osvaldo's Future

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Dani Osvaldo was an exciting arrival last summer. However, he didn't quite work out. After a training ground fight, he left to join Juventus on a temporary basis, but could he return in the summer? Stranger things have happened and if he plays well, they may let him return to Southampton. 

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3-Possible England World Cup Selections

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Southampton have become a key team for England boss Roy Hodgson to watch. They have a lot of talented players who could earn the call up. The favorites are Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriquez and Adam Lallana. The trio have been tipped to grab a place in the World Squad, but if only one or two can go, which will it be? The coming months will reveal all. 

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2- The Possibility of European Football

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The Saints are currently in contention to gain a Europa League place. That would be a superb achievement for the club, but will they have enough left in the tank to achieve this in the coming months? 

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1- Is Steven Davis Good Enough or Should They Look to Replace Him?

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Steven Davis was bought with high expectations and it's taken him a couple of years to settle. He has become a vital component of their team lately, but will he be good enough to step it up for the next level, or will the Saints use the coming months to examine his form and a possible replacement?