- Match Analysis
Southampton FC new player in and out 2017/18. Here is the Southampton FC Squad 2017/18. The summer transfer window 2017 is currently open and we are starting to see what the 2017/18 Southampton FC squad will look like. Southampton secured an 8th placed finish in the 2016/17 season, which was fantastic for them as a club. They have a new manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, and will be looking to break into the top 7 in this upcoming season.
Upon arrival, Pellegrino has been thrown into a difficult situation concerning one of Southampton’s best players. Centre-back Virgil van Dijk appears to have his heart set on a move to Liverpool. Southampton are in a position where they don’t want to, and don’t need to sell, but the player is making it very difficult for them. In the meantime however, Van Dijk is still part of the official Southampton squad and does feature in this list of players.
The Southampton FC Squad line up 2017/18 season will consist of these players. You can read about their wages here.
In the goalkeeping department, Southampton are quite content. Despite a couple of mistakes last season, they have a pretty solid keeper in ex-Celtic man Fraser Forster. He put in some great performances last season including saving a penalty at Anfield in May (pictured above) to earn a point vs Liverpool. He’s even starting to put himself in contention for an England place on an international level.
Again, the main issue with Southampton’s defence at the moment is the unsettled captain Virgil van Dijk. Having lost Jose Fonte to West Ham last January, Southampton managed to keep hold of Van Dijk – much against the defender’s will. The question now is whether they can reintegrate him with the squad after he went on strike in an attempt to force a summer move to Liverpool. On his day he is one of the best defenders in Europe, and will provide Mauricio Pellegrino’s team with a real boost should he make a successful return.
Again, we can see some very impressive midfield players in this Southampton 2017/18 squad. Despite being sold by Chelsea, Oriol Romeu has been a very good player for the Saints over the last couple of seasons. He’s a strong, dominant midfielder who was one of Southampton’s player of the season in the last campaign. His midfield partner is often promising English talent James Ward-Prowse, who seems to be edging closer to the national First Team with every passing season.
It is going forward that Southampton really need to work on. Although they have some talented players on paper, members of the squad like Nathan Redmond and Dusan Tadic performed below expectations last season, leaving fans disappointed. A lot of fans put down the lack of goals to the old manager’s style of play. Maybe now there has been a change, we will see more exciting football from Southampton next season, with more goals. They failed to score in each of their 3 final home games at the end of last season, which was a massive let down for the St. Mary’s crowds.
The addition of Manolo Gabbiadini did help them in January, until he suffered an injury soon after. Now he is fully fit and ready for the new season, Southampton potentially have a very lethal talisman in their ranks.
Alright, so apart from the big game vs Manchester United, it isn’t the most exciting opening fixture list for Southampton. But this could be seen as a good thing. They have the chance to potentially take maximum points from the first 5 games if they hit the ground running. This will stand them in great stead as they look for a successful season breaking into the top 7.
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