Picking Southampton’s five best players of the season

Southampton Football Club

After a nightmare start Southampton ended up securing their Premier League place relatively comfortably. Who has shone for the Saints this year?

Here are our top five...

Morgan Schneiderlin

The French midfielder has been absolutely excellent at the heart of the Southampton team this season, and has made more tackles and interceptions than any other Premier League player. At just 23, Southampton have one of the best young midfielders in England in their team, and Schneiderlin could be part of the spine of the team as they attempt to establish themselves in the top flight over the next few seasons.

Rickie Lambert

With fourteen goals and five assists, Lambert has been directly involved in 19 of Southampton’s 48 Premier League goals this season, and the English striker has put to bed any fears that he might not be able to step up to the top flight. His influence on the Saints attack cannot be overstated, and his name should come into the England reckoning if he maintains his form next year.

Luke Shaw

The 17 year old has been a revelation for Southampton this season at left back, leading to plenty of comparisons with, well you all know who with. Unlike in previous years, Southampton should be well set to rebuff interest in their young stars now they have secured another year in the top flight, and hopefully Shaw will be able to continue his development at St Mary’s next year.

Jack Cork

Whilst Schneiderlin has taken most of the plaudits, his central midfield partner Jack Cork has also had a good season, and Southampton’s resurgence only really begun once the 23 year old returned from injury in November. If he is fit for all of next season, Cork should be able to help keep the Saints well clear of the drop zone.

Jay Rodriguez

Although there is still an element of inconsistency to his game, Rodriguez has given everything to Southampton’s cause playing in wide variety of attacking positions this year. Another 23 year old, Rodriguez has made the step up to the Premier League admirably, and he certainly has the talent to be a key figure in their young side next year.

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