Southampton this week broke their transfer record by signing Pablo Osvaldo from Roma for £12m, this is a signal that they really mean business this year and are looking to push on and establish themselves as a permanent fixture in the Premier League.
Since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2012 they have made number of excellent purchases including Gaston Ramirez, who had a superb campaign last and will only get better, Victor Wanyama from Celtic who impressed in last seasons Champions League.
They would hope that once these signings settle in they will be able to fit nicely into Mauricio Pochettino's system; the Saints got their season off to flyer with a 1-0 away win against West Brom via an injury time penalty from Rickie Lambert.
Last season they showed the league that they can play against the big teams, wins at home against Manchester City and Liverpool while they drew with Arsenal and narrowly lost to Champions Manchester United.
With the quality they have brought in over the summer added to the talented young players like Luke Shaw and Nathaniel Clyne; Southampton have an exciting season to look forward and a very bright future.
It is amazing really that a team, that was playing its football in League 1 just over two years ago, can now have dreams of pushing on and securing a possible top half finish this season. You can be sure that anyone making the trip to St Mary’s this year will not have an easy ride, as they illustrated earlier in 2013 with wins over Liverpool and Manchester City.
Saints can be confident in the knowledge that they won’t be close to a relegation scrap this season, but just in case, they have really bought a fighter - literally- in Pablo Osvaldo.
They seem to be a team on the rise, who knows where they will end up in a few seasons time?
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