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What Are Southampton FC Really Doing?

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Last season, Southampton FC hit new heights in the Premier League after finishing eighth. This was due to the success of players such as Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert and many more, but it now seems that they are either rebuilding or completely dismantling the team that brought them here.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has to know what he is doing because to many of the fans, it seems that he is being bullied into either selling the players or making that choice consciously.

Many of the players who were on the team have either left for Liverpool, Arsenal or another team considered to be a genuine threat to the league title. The exodus of players does not seem to have come to an end, as teams such as Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal are still battling for signatures of the remaining talent left on the team.

There are many players who are now linked with moves to Southampton because of the drastic depletion of the squad for the upcoming season. The fans will, and should be furious if suitable replacements are not found, and last season’s success is not reciprocated. Southampton have really let down their fans by pressing the restart button instead of building upon a successful season.

With so many teams strengthening over the summer, Southampton really should have done the same instead of weakening and hampering their chances of solidifying a top-10 finish.The Premier League is known around the world as one of the most competitive, but if you do not have the players to compete, you can count yourself out of the running from the start.

Deals for players such as Virgil van Dijk and Jordy Clasie are touted, as Koeman is ready to begin the rebuilding process as soon as possible. Whatever the outcome is for Southampton this season, the fans should be disappointed if the team finishes with anything less than what they did last year.

Daviel James is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @davieljames, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to yout network on Google.